Lost Over Laos: A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery, and Friendship

Lost Over Laos: A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery, and Friendship

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by Richard Pyle, Horst Faas
     
 

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In 1971, as American forces hastened their withdrawal from Vietnam, a helicopter was hit by enemy fire over Laos and exploded in a fireball, killing four top combat photographers: Larry Burrows of Life magazine, Henri Huet of Associated Press, Kent Potter of United Press International, and Keisaburo Shimamoto of Newsweek. The remoteness of the crash site made a

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In 1971, as American forces hastened their withdrawal from Vietnam, a helicopter was hit by enemy fire over Laos and exploded in a fireball, killing four top combat photographers: Larry Burrows of Life magazine, Henri Huet of Associated Press, Kent Potter of United Press International, and Keisaburo Shimamoto of Newsweek. The remoteness of the crash site made a recovery attempt impossible. When the war ended four years later, the war zone was sealed off and the helicopter incident faded from the headlines. But two journalist colleagues-the authors of this book-returned to Laos twenty-seven years later to resolve mysteries about the crash and pay homage to their lost friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306812514
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
941,904
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Pyle covered the Vietnam War for the Associated Press for nearly five years and was bureau chief in Saigon from 1970 to 1973. Now based in New York, he covers politics and breaking news for the AP.

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Lost Over Laos: A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery, and Friendship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very interesting
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lost a friend also a roomate as well as a comrade in slick #2 in this ill-fated mission. I strongly recommend all former Vietnamese helicopter crews to read this book, especially those who flew choppers in the Military I-Corp region during the '70-'72. My Huey too was shot down at LZ Hotel 2 in Laos few weeks later on 2/28/71. Miraculously all crews survived the crash and were rescued up by a heroic effort from another VNAF pilot, Capt. Ky.