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Vietnam War Photographer Tim Page Hospitalized in Bangkok

Ever see Apocalypse Now? The combat photographer that Dennis Hopper portrays at the end of the movie, is based on Tim Page.

Recent image of Tim Page in Afghanistan, over a shot of Page in his hospital bed in Bangkok.
Recent image of Tim Page in Afghanistan, over a shot of Page in his hospital bed in Bangkok.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Tim Page, infamous and notorious Vietnam War Photographer and noted world traveler, has been hospitalized after taking a fall in Hanoi. Thanh Nien News reports that Page was transported for treatment of a broken pelvis.

Tim Page in Afghanistan

The legendary 66-year old native of the UK reportedly fell in front of a hotel, according to local news Website Dan Tri. A substantial heart problem was detected after Page was transported to a Hanoi hospital.

He was taken to the SOS International Hospital, then transferred to Thailand for surgery for his broken pelvis, and also for a triple heart bypass, according to sources.

Salem-News.com readers likely recognize Page's name as it is published frequently in our reports about the missing Vietnam War Photojournalist Sean Flynn. Sean Flynn and another Combat Photojournalist named Dana Stone disappeared during the invasion of Cambodia in 1970.

Another Journalist from the Vietnam War, our friend and helpful source Perry Deane Young, says Page and Flynn were as close as two friends could be. In spite of their heterosexuality, Page and Flynn believed they were soul mates.

English Award winning Vietnam era
photographer Tim Page, at age 64,
at an exhibition in Phnom Penh,
Cambodia. January 8, 2009.
Source:
Wikimedia Commons

Tim Page gained fame during the Vietnam War not just as a combat photojournalist, but as a man who lived on the very edge of existence. Blown up, injured numerous times, he always went back, most recently to Afghanistan. The UN mission calls him “one of the world’s most renowned photographers."

One of his most famous works from the Vietnam War is Requiem, is a portfolio of work by combat photographers who died in Vietnam and Indochina.

Tim Page's career began in 1962 when he was just 18. He traveled to Asia before the U.S. war officially started and ended up taking some of the most famous pictures of the Vietnam War.

Ever see Apocalypse Now? The somewhat crazed combat photographer that Dennis Hopper portrays at the end of the movie, is based on Tim Page. In some ways he has no rivals.

Page is a central figure in SE Asia war photography, and he has the energy of many men. We hope for his speedy recovery. Another group rooting for Tim Page is the one most closely connected to his friend Sean Flynn.

Dave Macmillan, who recently spent months searching for Sean Flynn's remains, Rory Flynn, Sean Flynn's sister, and Mike Luehring, Spokesman for the Flynn estate, had a friend drop off a get well card and a gift for Page at his hospital to let him know they were thinking of him.

Special thanks: Vietnam War photographer Page hospitalized in Hanoi - Thanh Nien News

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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tom stanhope December 11, 2010 12:04 am (Pacific time)

spent time w tim in nam. several of photos are of my platoon,65-66. good luck mr page


Ivan T. Brecelic November 1, 2010 3:50 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks very much for the update on Tim Page. It was unfortunate that he had a fall and broke his hip. He has been so active in finding Sean Flynn, who he considers to be his soul mate, as you write so well. It was lucky also that the doctors in Vietnam were able to diagnose that Page had a heart condition which required immediate attention. I spoke to David MacMillan, and he told me not only sent a letter, sending his best wishes, but phoned up Page's wife and on behalf of the Flynn family and himself, wished him a speedy recovery. It seems the air may be cleared between Page and the Flynn Family, and that may facilitate clear sailing for the next dig of Sean Flynn, either by MacMillan or Page. Thanks for the update, and I also wish him a speedy recovery.


anna maria eversley October 18, 2010 3:47 pm (Pacific time)

I want to do this, take pictures that make me famous!! I saw it in blood diamonds and a nick nolte film, hard on the daughter.

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