Dana Stone

Dana Hazen Stone (April 18, 1939; disappeared April 6, 1970) was an American photojournalist best known for his work for CBS, United Press International, and Associated Press during the Vietnam War.

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Stone (right) and Sean Flynn (left), riding motorcycles into Communist-held territory in Cambodia on April 6, 1970 – the day they disappeared
Born
Dana Hazen Stone

(1939-04-18)April 18, 1939
DisappearedApril 6, 1970 (aged 30)
Highway One, Cambodia
StatusDeclared dead in absentia
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Louise Smizer

BiographyEdit

Stone first traveled to Vietnam in 1965. Before arriving he bought a Nikon, his first camera, in Hong Kong. After arriving in Saigon he met Henri Huet who showed him how to load film into the camera. He became friends with fellow photographers and journalists including Sean Flynn, Tim Page, Henri Huet, John Steinbeck IV, Perry Deane Young, Nik Wheeler, Chas Gerretsen, and others. Dana started freelancing for UPI and later became a staffer with the AP. He soon became a combat photographer of note while going on missions with the Green Berets from his base in Da Nang.[1]

He and his wife Louise Smizer[2] left Saigon for Europe in 1969, driving a VW Camper from India overland to Lapland in Sweden where, for a short time, he became a Lumberjack.

Stone was working as a freelancer for CBS News in Laos when he was called back to Saigon in March 1970 to work as a combat cameraman with John Laurence who was making a documentary that would become The World of Charlie Company.[3] He spent 5 days working on the documentary before being sent by CBS to Phnom Penh on March 28 to cover the aftermath of the Cambodian coup.

DisappearanceEdit

On April 6, 1970, Stone and his colleague Sean Flynn were captured by the People's Army of Vietnam after leaving Phnom Penh on rented Honda motorbikes looking to find the front lines of fighting in Cambodia.[4] Investigations by fellow photojournalist Tim Page, reported in the UK Sunday Times on March 24, 1991, indicate that Stone and Flynn were taken first to the village of Sangke Kaong, and then to other villages before being handed over to the Khmer Rouge. Page tracked down an almost-empty grave in a village known as Bei Met in which two foreigners allegedly had been buried. Forensic examination of the few remains left in the grave suggested they belonged to a tall man and a short man – consistent with the appearance of Flynn and Stone respectively – and that both had died violently. However, in 2003, the Pentagon's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii confirmed by DNA testing that the remains found by Tim Page were actually of Clyde McKay, a boat hijacker, and Larry Humphrey, an army deserter, both were a part of the SS Columbia Eagle incident.

Stone and Flynn's disappearance is chronicled in Perry Deane Young's 1975 memoir Two of the Missing. A 1991 film, Danger on the Edge of Town, recounted Tim Page's "search to discover the fate of his friends Sean Flynn and Dana Stone".[5]

Stone's younger brother, John Thomas Stone, joined the U.S. Army in 1971, soon after graduating from high school, reportedly due in part to a desire to discover what had happened to his brother.[6] He later served as a medic in the Vermont National Guard, and was killed by friendly fire on March 29, 2006, when the 52-year-old sergeant was on his third tour in the war in Afghanistan.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Requiem: Dana Stone, Bong Son, Vietnam, 1966, The Digital Journalist.
  2. ^ "DANA & LOUISE: A WAR COUPLE".
  3. ^ Laurence, John (2001). The Cat from Hue. Public Affairs. p. 540. ISBN 1586481606.
  4. ^ Synopsis of the Capture at Pownetwrok
  5. ^ Alison Beck, "Meeting Page", digitaljournalist.org. Retrieved on October 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Loss of brother in Cambodia motivated Stone to serve"[permanent dead link], wcax.com via Intellasia.net, March 31, 2006. In former cite from boston.com, credited to Wilson Ring, Associated Press.
  7. ^ Struck, Doug, "U.S. Army Confirms 'Friendly Fire' Deaths", Washington Post, July 4, 2007.

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