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Catherine Y. Leroy
Birth: Aug. 27, 1944
Paris, France
Death: Jul. 8, 2006
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

War Photographer. She gained fame as an award winning photojournalist, and as one of the most published photographers during the Vietnam War. She arrived in Saigon in 1966 at the young age of 21 to document American combat forces in South Vietnam. In 1967 she became the only credited journalist in Vietnam to parachute jump with the 173rd Airborne division into hostile enemy locations. The following year she was captured by the North Vietnamese during the 1968 Tet Offensive but managed to negotiate her freedom, emerging with rare and exclusive images of the North Vietnamese Army engaged in combat operations against U.S. military forces. Her works appeared on the covers and in the pages of "Life Magazine" as well as the "Washington Post" and numerous international publications. In 1972 she shot and directed "Operation Last Patrol," a documentary depicting American military veterans opposed to the Vietnam war. In addition to the Vietnam war, she also covered conflicts throughout the Middle East and Africa including Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Libya. She was the co-author of "God Cried" depicting life in West Beirut during the 1982 Israeli occupation and "Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam." She was a recipient of the George Polk award for best reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad, a national "Picture of the Year Award" and the first woman to receive a Robert Capa Award for her coverage of the civil war in Lebanon. She died at St. John's Health Center in Southern California from lung cancer at the age of 60. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
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Specifically: Body returned to France for burial.
 
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Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Jul 10, 2006
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Catherine Y. Leroy
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
Catherine Y. Leroy
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
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