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Byron G. Highland (February 8, 1934 – February 21, 1967) was a United States Marine Corps combat photographer during the Vietnam War who was killed by a landmine[1][2] alongside the war correspondent and historian Bernard B. Fall on the while observing Operation Chinook II on the Street Without Joy, Thừa Thiên Province on 21 February 1967, leaving behind his wife, and two sons and a daughter from a previous marriage.[3]

The last few minutes which the two spent together are documented in Fall's posthumously published book Last Reflections on a War, via a tape recorder Fall was dictating into just prior to the explosion.[4]

Born in Detroit, he entered the Marines in 1953, and also served in the Korean War.

His eldest son, Kenneth E. Highland, later recorded a song with the punk band Johnny and the Jumper Cables, entitled "Landmine", about his father's death.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bernard B. Fall: Vietnam War Author, by Charles E. Kirkpatrick, TheHistoryNet
  2. Tagliaferri, Alivia C.. Still the Monkey: What Happens to Warriors After War?. Ironcutter Media. pp. 116. ISBN 0-9788417-3-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=lD6REIHjKMYC&dq=%22byron+highland%22. 
  3. "GSGT Byron Grant Highland". The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=23123. 
  4. Fall, Bernard B., Last Reflections On a War: Bernard B. Fall's Last Comments on Viet-nam, Doubleday, Garden City: 1967

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