Jan. 7 (UPI) — Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Neil Sheehan died on Thursday, his household mentioned. He was 84.
Sheehan’s spouse, Susan Sheehan, and daughter, Catherine Sheehan Bruno, mentioned the Vietnam Struggle correspondent recognized for acquiring the Pentagon Papers for The New York Instances died resulting from issues from Parkinson’s illness, The Instances and Politico reported.
Born on Oct. 27, 1936, in Holyoke, Mass., Sheehan graduated from Harvard in 1958 and joined the Military the place he labored as a journalist. He moonlighted for UPI in 1962 reporting from Saigon.
In 1964, he was employed by The New York Instances and despatched again to Vietnam.
Seven years later, Daniel Ellsberg, a former Protection Division analyst, leaked the Pentagon papers to Sheehan offering 7,000 pages of categorized paperwork revealing that the federal government was misleading about U.S. prospects for victory within the warfare.
The Nixon administration obtained an injunction towards the publication of the report, saying nationwide safety was at stake.
The problem was taken to the Supreme Courtroom, which on June 30, 1971, dominated 6-Three in favor of permitting The New York Instances and The Washington Submit to publish their tales.
The New York Instances received a Pulitzer Prize in public service in 1972 for the Pentagon Papers protection and its editors praised Sheehan for acquiring the paperwork.
After the publication of the Pentagon Papers Sheehan printed his e book A Vivid Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, which received a Nationwide Ebook Award and a Pulitzer in 1989 as he described his disillusionment with the warfare.
“I merely can not assist worrying that, within the technique of waging this warfare, we’re corrupting ourselves,” he wrote in The New York Instances Journal in 1966. “I ponder, after I have a look at the bombed-out peasant hamlets, the orphans begging and stealing on the streets of Saigon and the ladies and kids with napalm burns mendacity on the hospital cots, whether or not the US or any nation has the proper to inflict this struggling and degradation on one other folks for its personal ends.”
Sheehan is survived by his spouse, two brothers Patrick and Eugene, two daughters Maria Sheehan and Catherine Sheehan Bruno and two grandsons.