E Q U I E M
(alias) HUYNH CONG LA
Born: June 1, 1937 in Long An, Vietnam
Died: October 10, 1965
near Can Tho, Vietnam
|Although he was only 5'3 and weighed just
110 lbs., Huynh Thanh My was one of the toughest photographers of the Vietnam
War. He had a Bachelor of Arts Degree and for several years he carried
heavy network news equipment around the battlefield for CBS, until he was
lured to AP in 1963 to work as a staff photographer.
In May, 1965, he was wounded by machine gun fire but returned to the front lines as soon as he was released from the hospital. While covering a fight between the Viet Cong and SVN Rangers in the Mekong Delta later that year, Huynh Thanh My was wounded in the chest and arm. As he waited to be evacuated by helicopter, the enemy overran the makeshift aid station and killed the wounded. Nearly the entire Saigon Press Corps marched in Huynh Thanh My's funeral procession to the Mac Dinh Chi cemetary.
Huynh left behind his 19-year-old widow
and seven-month-old daughter. His younger brother, Huynh Cong Ut was hired
by the AP in 1965 and covered the rest of the war, winning a Pulitzer Prize
in 1973. Better known as Nick Ut, he now lives in Los Angeles.
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