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Charles Richard Eggleston (November 1945May 6, 1968) was a photographer with United Press International who was killed in combat in Vietnam where he was covering the on-going war. 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... United Press International (UPI) is a global news agency headquartered in the United States filing news in English, Spanish and Arabic. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 230,000 South Vietnamese wounded: 300,000 US dead...


A graduate of Indian River Central High School in Philadelphia, New York, Eggleston moved to Gouverneur after he graduated from Auburn Community College, and enrolled in the US Navy where he became a journalist. While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded two bronze stars, two Navy commendation medals and South Vietnam's Honor Medal. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military award which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. ... Armed Forces Honor Medal (1st and 2nd Classes) The Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal was a decoration of South Vietnam that was first created in 1953. ...


In 1966, he asked to be discharged, and became a UPI photographer in the country instead. Sometime before April 1968, he was wounded during a mortar attack against Camp Eagle where he was stationed with the 101st Airborne. (Redirected from 101st Airborne) Shoulder sleeve patch of the United States Army 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. ...


In May, a jeep carrying five journalists accidently came across Viet Cong massing outside Saigon. Despite the journalists' attempts to dissuade the startled soldiers, they were all shot. 23-year old Eggleston swore vengenace, and announced his intention to kill as many Viet Cong as possible. Jeep is an automobile marque (and registered trademark) of DaimlerChrysler. ... A Viet Cong soldier, heavily guarded, awaits interrogation following capture in the attacks on Saigon during the festive Tet holiday period of 1968. ... Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam, located near the delta of the Mekong River. ...


It remains disputed whether he was participating in the May 6th firefight on the Western outskirts of Saigon, or simply photographing it, when he killed by a bullet to the skull. Most sources agree that he was at least carrying a rifle, if not actually using it. He was the 17th journalist killed in the war. His will had indicated that his possessions were to be given to war orphans.[1]


On May 17th, TIME magazine reported his death stating that he had been photographing South Vietnamese paratroopers in a house-to-house search, at the time of the firefight.[2] Other sources indicate that reporter Roger Norum was taperecording a converstaion with him during the streetfight, and saw Eggleston shot by a sniper while lighting a cigarette.[3] (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...

Vietnam War correspondents
Journalists - Wilfred Burchett, , Dickey Chapelle, Bernard Fall, John Sack, Sydney Schanberg,

Photographers - Larry Burrows, Robert Capa, Charles Eggleston, Dirck Halstead, Henri Huet Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 230,000 South Vietnamese wounded: 300,000 US dead... A war correspondent is a journalist who covers stories first-hand from a war zone. ... Wilfred Graham Burchett (September 16, 1911, Melbourne, Australia — September 27, 1983, Sofia, Bulgaria) was a war correspondent and alleged KGB agent. ... Chapelle at the Don Phuc command post on the Vietnam-Cambodia border, 1964. ... Bernard B. Fall Bernard B. Fall (November 19, 1926-February 21, 1967) was a prominent war correspondent and expert on Indochina during the 1950s and 1960s. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Sydney H. Schanberg (born January 17, 1934 in Clinton, Massachusetts) is an American journalist who is best known for his coverage of the war in Cambodia. ... Larry Burrows (May 29, 1926 to February 10, 1971) was a photographer who became famous for his pictures of the American involvement in the Vietnam War. ... Robert Capa Robert Capa (Budapest, October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954) was possibly the most famous war photographer of the 20th century. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Henri Huet covering the Vietnam War. ...


 
 

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