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.

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

5 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

  3. I did numerous things in Nam, but the most memorable was when I made the beer run from Dong Ha to Phu Bia and back. Seems the road was infested with VC, my thoughts, the whole damn country was infested, it didn’t matter, they were always around.
    I wonder if anyone remembers that episode. Heck I didn’t even drink it.

    • Why not? Why DIDN’T u drunk any? U went on the beer run, n also, u we’re old enough to have been taught to kill; certainly u we’re old enough to drink at that time. At least, emotionally & mentally, if not chronologically. Or maybe u don’t touch the stuff. That’s fine, too. Just sayin. I was just a little kid and we didn’t see the papers. Dad watched the news and we weren’t allowed for the longest time to sit n watch it.

  4. I was in at the end…the evacuation & the Mayaguez operation. I always touch three names–Joseph Hargrove, Gary Hall, & Danny Marshall–every time I visit The Wall. They were left behind & murdered by the Khmer Rouge during Mayaguez & were the last Americans killed in the Vietnam conflict.

    BTW…for whoever wrote this…historians now believe that about 7-800,000 Americans died in the Civil War so you might want to edit this text.

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