MALCOLM BROWNE, R.I.P. – PULITZER PRIZE
WINNING WAR CORRESPONDENT IN VIETNAM
JOINS OUR DEPARTED COLLEAGUES IN THAT
“PRESS CAMP IN THE SKY, WHERE THE BAR
NEVER CLOSES AND THE DRINKS ARE ON THE
HOUSE” – RED SOCKS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret.)
© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com
Another leaf has fallen from the tree.
Malcolm Browne, 81, good and decent man, friend to many a young war correspondent from years gone by, has been promoted to that press camp in the sky, where the bar never closes and the drinks are on the house.
He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and part of that fantastic Associated Presstrio of the top journalism award winners: Browne, Peter Arnett and the late Horst Faas.
HE TOOK A TIMELESS PHOTO
If you ever saw that famous photograph of a Buddhist monk immolating himself in Saigon as a protest against a corrupt regime, that was Mal behind the lens.
He later went on to briefly work for ABC NEWS and then found a long and welcome home with the New York TIMES. He, and his signature “red socks,” were in Vietnam at the beginning, the early 1960’s, and there for the fall, in 1975.
Drink a toast to his memory tonight at the FCC Club in Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: – The writer, along with the great Al Rockoff, is one of the few Americans who covered the war in Vietnam for many years as both an Army combat correspondent and later, a civilian “bao chi” (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973) and lived to tell about it.]