Dozens of journalists are still listed as missing in action in Vietnam and Cambodia
CBS News cameraman Dana Stone and photojournalist Sean Flynn, Tim Page’s best friend, were last seen alive on 6 April 1970, motorcycling down Highway One in Eastern Cambodia. In 1990, Granada TV made a documentary,
about Page’s attempts to find out what happened to them. Are you any closer to discovering what happened to Flynn and Stone?
I know now we didn’t find [the graves of] Flynn and Stone. We actually found two American deserters. All the evidence and the three teeth and the filling they brought back indicated that we’d found them, but it ended up being (Larry) Humphrey and (Clyde) McKay. These peacenik sailors imagined joining the Khmer Rouge and going gonzo. After three or four months the Khmer Rouge had had enough of them and topped them. At the time the MIA lab in Hawaii lost the teeth. In 1990, there was no DNA. They found the teeth in 2004 and found it wasn’t Flynn and Stone. But we resolved two MIAs, so I can only feel so bad.
So the absolute fate? I don’t think I’ll end up like Hamlet standing in a hole in eastern Cambodia holding up a skull and a Leica. Will I resolve it? I’m not too far off my own end. I’ve got three stents and I’ve had three heart attacks. I’m keeping going but it’s not quite as quick as it was.