Milestones, Nov. 8, 1971

Died. John Mecklin, 53, journalist; of cancer; in Fairfield, Conn. A cum laude graduate of the Ernie Pyle school, Mecklin began covering the world's wars in 1942 as a correspondent for the United Press in the Mediterranean theater. Then, broadening his scope, he cabled his battlefield and political reports to TIME from Indochina and the Middle East. Mecklin's service as U.S. Public Affairs Officer chief in Saigon from 1962 to 1964 provided the background for his book, Mission in Torment, a widely praised account of the Viet Nam conflict's early years. Later, he...

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