"That night Hannah was interspersing Western rock music with her reports. The sounds of the Animals, singing “We Gotta Get Outta This Place,” was followed by Hannah: Now for the war news. American casualties in Vietnam. Army Corporal Larry J. Samples, Canada, Alabama … Staff Sergeant Charles R. Miller, Tucson, Arizona … Sergeant Frank Hererra, Coolige, Arizona.”
Army Corporal Larry J. Samples
The above was written in a New York Times Column about the war by "Don North", which may be a fictitious name*, I wanted to write to him but could not find an email address. In case he reads this, please drop me a note.
What I would have said, and asked, is this:
There is no "Canada" Alabama. Was that a typo or an auto-correct version of Corporal Samples real hometown---Henager Alabama.
We all make mistakes, but was your quote an actual transcription of a Hanoi Hanna broadcast? Did you tape it, and merely misunderstand her accented English? "Henager"---maybe--perhaps---possibly---could be mistaken for "Canada"?
I was in Vietnam broadcasting on Armed Forces Vietnam Network a year after his death.
In fact he died the day before my 18th birthday.
I was in 'Nam just under a year, in Quang Tri.
I worked at the AFVN TV station that had been moved there when the original location in Hue was destroyed in Tet....50 years ago this month!
I never once heard anyone mention Hannah. Or maybe I just don't remember. But I do remember only once in my time anchoring being told not to report something. You write:
"When violence broke out in Detroit on July 23, 1967, Hannah jumped on the news. American military stations were quiet; she broadcast every detail she had available."
That was before my time on air in AFVN. I'm sharing this posting with the members of a former AFVN'ers who maintain a message board...and I encourage them to comment on your report, and specifically answer this question:
Did AFVN censor news in 1967?
*Don North covered Vietnam from 1965 to 1973 as a television news reporter. He is the author of “Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent.” He is a member of the Vietnam Old Hacks, an organization of veteran journalists who worked in Vietnam.