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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!