Sheehan, Neil.

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Neil Sheehan

  • 1936, Oct. 27: Born, Holyoke, Mass.
  • 1958: B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1961 - 1962 : Night editor, Asian bureau, United Press International, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962 - 1964 : Saigon bureau chief, United Press International, Saigon, South Vietnam
  • 1964 - 1965 : Metropolitan desk and general assignment reporter, New York Times, New York, N.Y.
  • 1965: Indonesia correspondent, New York Times, Djakarta, Indonesia
  • 1965 - 1966 : Vietnam correspondent, New York Times, Saigon, South Vietnam
  • 1966 - 1968 : Defense Department correspondent, New York Times, Washington, D.C., bureau
  • 1968: White House correspondent, New York Times, Washington, D.C., bureau
  • 1969: National security affairs correspondent, New York Times, Washington, D.C., bureau
  • 1971: Pentagon Papers excerpted in the New York Times Published The Pentagon Papers as Published in the New York Times, Based on Investigative Reporting by Neil Sheehan (Toronto and New York: Bantam Books. 677 pp.); reissued as The Pentagon Papers as Published in the New York Times (New York: Quadrangle Books. 810 pp.)
  • 1972: Published The Arnheiter Affair (New York: Random House. 304 pp.) Began leave of absence from the New York Times to write a biography of John Paul Vann
  • 1975: Resigned from the New York Times
  • 1988: Published A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (New York: Random House. 861 pp.) Received National Book Award
  • 1989: Awarded Pulitzer Prize
  • 1992: Published After the War Was Over: Hanoi and Saigon (New York: Random House. 131 pp.)

John Paul Vann

  • 1924, July 2: Born John Paul Legay, Norfolk, Va.
  • 1939 - 1942 : Attended Ferrum Training School and Junior College, Ferrum, Va.
  • 1942: Changed name to John Paul Vann
  • 1943: Enlisted in army; assigned to Army Air Corps
  • 1945: Graduated, Navigation School, receiving rank of second lieutenant, Army Air Corps Married Mary Jane Allen (divorced 1971)
  • 1946: Commissioned, Regular Army Attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
  • 1947: Transferred to infantry
  • 1950: Supply and evacuation officer, Twenty-fifth Infantry Division, Korean War
  • 1950 - 1951 : Commander, Ranger Company, Twenty-fifth Infantry Division, Korean War
  • 1952 - 1954 : Attended Rutgers University Business School, New Brunswick, N.J. Instructor, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
  • 1957 - 1958 : Attended Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
  • 1958 - 1959 : Attended Army Comptrollers School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., completing M.B.A. in statistics and residency requirements for a doctorate in public administration
  • 1962: Staff advisor, III Corps Headquarters, Saigon, South Vietnam Senior advisor, Seventh Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, with headquarters in My Tho, South Vietnam
  • 1963: Assigned to the Pentagon Retired from the army
  • 1963 - 1965 : Sales representative, Martin Co., a division of Martin Marietta Corp., Denver, Colo.
  • 1965: Province representative, Agency for International Development, Hau Nghia, South Vietnam
  • 1966: Manager, Revolutionary Development Cadre Project, Vung Tau pacification training center, South Vietnam
  • 1966 - 1969 : Deputy director for field operations and director, Office of Civil Operations (OCO), Region III, South Vietnam
  • 1969 - 1971 : Deputy, Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS), Region IV, South Vietnam
  • 1971: Senior Advisor with power of command over military forces, Region II, South Vietnam
  • 1972, June 9: Died in a helicopter crash near the Montagnard hamlet of Ro Uay, South Vietnam

From the guide to the Neil Sheehan Papers, 1920-1993, (bulk 1960-1993), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Smith, Hedrick, 1933-. Hedrick Smith Papers, 1923-1992 (bulk: 1965-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Neil Sheehan Papers, 1920-1993, (bulk 1960-1993) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Harper's Magazine Records, 1847-1983, (bulk 1940-1983) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Christian, George, 1927- person
correspondedWith Colby, William Egan, 1920- person
associatedWith DePuy, William E. (William Eugene), 1919-1992 person
correspondedWith Ellsberg, Daniel person
associatedWith Ellsberg, Daniel. Daniel Ellsberg interview. person
associatedWith Habib, Philip Charles, 1920- person
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associatedWith Halberstam, David. David Halberstam interview. person
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correspondedWith Huỳnh, Văn Cao person
associatedWith Huỳnh, Văn Cao. Văn Cao Huỳnh interview. person
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
associatedWith Komer, Robert, 1922-2000 person
correspondedWith Komer, R. W. person
associatedWith Krulak, Victor H. Victor H. Krulak interview. person
correspondedWith Lansdale, Edward Geary, 1908-1987 person
associatedWith Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985 person
associatedWith Lý, Tòng Bá. Tòng Bá Lý interview. person
associatedWith Martin Marietta Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Ngô, Dzu. Dzu Ngô interview. person
correspondedWith Nguyễn, Văn Thiệu, 1923-2001 person
correspondedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 person
associatedWith Phạm, Văn Đồng, 1906-2000 person
correspondedWith Smith, Hedrick. person
correspondedWith Taylor, Maxwell D. (Maxwell Davenport), 1901-1987 person
correspondedWith Trần, Ngọc Châu, 1924- person
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associatedWith Westmoreland, William C. (William Childs), 1914-2005 person
associatedWith York, Robert H. (Robert Howard), 1913- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Hanoi (Vietnam)


Birth 1936-10-27




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