Press Release

May 30, 2003

No. 03-13

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


(Washington, D.C.) – “Wally Terry was a good friend and a great man,” said Vietnam Veterans of America President Thomas H. Corey. “He was a pioneering and fearless war correspondent in Vietnam. He was a strong, effective, and persistent advocate for Vietnam veterans. His book, Bloods, stands as the best account of the African-American experience in the Vietnam War by far.” 

Terry, who was deputy bureau chief for Time magazine in 1967-68 in Saigon, died May 29 in Reston, Virginia. The prize-winning author, journalist, radio and television commentator, producer, and public speaker, was 65 years old. His critically acclaimed bestselling book, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans (1984), was the first book to take an in-depth look at the war and postwar experiences of African Americans who took part in the war. 

A frequent contributor to The VVA Veteran, Terry was working on a book that described the Vietnam War as the crucible for mending race relations in the United States. 

“Vietnam veterans owe a debt to Wallace Terry,” Corey said. “He saw the war first hand and he reported on aspects of the war, including the role of black soldiers, as well as any correspondent. Since the war, he continuously worked as an advocate for Vietnam veterans.” 

VVA honored Wallace Terry in 1989 with the President’s Award in recognition of his contribution to American culture. “Wally richly deserved that award,” Corey said. “We at Vietnam Veterans of America were fortunate to have worked closely with Wally for many years. We cherish those memories. Our deepest condolences go to his wife and collaborator, Janice, and to their children and grandchildren.”


Obituary - Washington Post

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