Friday, February 25, 2011

TWO OF THE MISSING : Dana Stone & Sean Flynn

Dana Stone (born 1939 in North Pomfret, Vermont; believed killed 1971, Bei Met, Cambodia, age 32;) was a U.S. photo-journalist best known for his work for CBS during the Vietnam War.

Sean Leslie Flynn (born May 31, 1941, in Los Angeles, California; disappeared April 6, 1970, in Cambodia, age 28; declared legally dead in 1984) was an American actor and freelance photojournalist best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War.

    Stone paid his own way to Vietnam in 1965, and became a stringer for UPI. A novice photographer when he arrived in Saigon, he soon became a combat photographer of note. He and his wife Louise left Saigon for Europe in 1968, but returned in 1970.

On April 6, 1970, Stone and his colleague Sean Flynn were captured by the Viet Cong, after leaving Phnom Penh on rented Honda motorbikes to find the front lines of fighting in Cambodia. Investigations by fellow photojournalist Tim Page, reported in the UK Sunday Times on 24 March 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 and a TV documentary maker tracked down an empty grave in a village known as Bei Met that had allegedly been the final resting place of two foreigners. 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. 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. Stone and Flynn's disappearance is chronicled in Perry Deane Young's 1975 memoir, Two of the Missing.

    His 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. He later served as a medic in the Vermont National Guard, and was killed by friendly fire on March 29, 2006 in Afghanistan on his third tour.

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