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Truth seeking's terrible toll: Seventies war reporters remembered

Journalists who covered Vietnam and Cambodia prior to 1975 gathered from around the world in Phnom Penh recently to give a heartfelt salute to the sacrifices made by their contemporaries _ some of whom paid the ultimate price to bring what they witnessed to the world

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The thinning ranks of war correspondents who covered the Indochinese conflicts prior to the communist takeovers of 1975, have rounded out a rare pilgrimage to Cambodia through a series of reunions and twin dedications to the fallen. 

Sixteen reporters, photographers and cameramen made the journey set against the extraordinary backdrop of the cremation for the late king father, Norodom Sihanouk. All had worked in Cambodia or Vietnam in the 1960s or 1970s and many of them like James Pringle, James Gerrand and Don North had known or personally dealt with Sihanouk over their many decades.

Pringle, who spent his early years in Vietnam and Cambodia for Reuters, said Sihanouk's funeral had provided a historical perspective and encouraged members of the Vietnam Old Hacks club to make the long trip from North America, Europe and Australia.

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