ARLY IN 1968, 23 year-old photojournalist Robert Ellison
began documenting the siege at Khe Sanh. Following a 30-man combat
unit along the frontlines, he witnessed an enemy ambush that
left the survivors scrambling out of the jungle.
ELLISON NARROWLY ESCAPED, returning to New York with
amazing close-ups of bewildered young soldiers. The dramatic
photographs, published first in Newsweek, lead to a nationwide
reappraisal of U.S. involvement.
THESE PHOTOS were his last. On his return trip he was
declared "missing and presumed dead" when his C-123 transport
plane was shot down by enemy gunners.
A NEWSWEEK CORRESPONDENT reminisced: "Bob Ellison had
the sixth sense of a great photographer. He was absolutely
fearless, but I never once heard him talk about his war experiences.
Bob let his pictures speak for themselves."