Reporting Vietnam: One Week’s Dead

Life magazine

The cover of the June 27, 1969, issue of Life magazine. (Newseum collection)

The Vietnam War was one of the deadliest for Americans: 58,200 lost their lives. In its June 27, 1969, issue, Life magazine published a powerful story called “Faces of the American Dead: One Week’s Toll,” presented like a high school yearbook to personalize the war’s mounting casualties. Across 12 pages, the magazine printed photographs of 242 Americans who died in the war during a single week. There was little text — the pictures spoke for themselves. . The death toll in Vietnam – surpassed only by World War I and World War II – was a major factor in turning public opinion against the war.

“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

CBS News

Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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2 thoughts on “Reporting Vietnam: One Week’s Dead

  1. God bless our fallen warriors may you all rest in peace. I have a profound respect for all of you. Never knew what it was all about I missed the tour. I was discharged on June 18, 1965. At that time we were advisers. One friend Ivory Ward Jr. was the only soldier I knew and he was killed November 15, 1965, he had just re-enlisted when I got out of the Army.

  2. I served 1 tour in VietNam Oct 68-69 with l/20th Inf Bn 11th Light Inf Bde 23rd Inf Div ‘Americal’in DucPho.I Salute all who served in this war and especially my friends who did not make it back.To all the families who lost some may God continue to bless all you and you will never be forgotten.Again I salute you. SGM (Ret) DeVane Brewington

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