Michael Herr

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Michael David Herr (April 13, 1940 – June 23, 2016) was a writer and former war correspondent, best known as the author of Dispatches (1977), a memoir of his time as a correspondent for Esquire magazine (1967–1969) during the Vietnam War.


Dispatches (1977)[edit]

  • There was such a dense concentration of energy there [Vietnam], American and essentially adolescent, if that energy could have been channeled into anything more than noise, waste and pain it would have lighted up Indochina for a thousand years.
  • I think that Vietnam is what we had instead of happy childhoods.
  • War stories aren't really anything more than stories about people anyway.
  • Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, we've all been there.
  • Soldier: You guys aught to do a story on me suntahm.
    Herr: Why should we do a story about you?
    Soldier: 'Cause I'm so fuckin' good, 'n' that ain' no shit, neither. Got me one hunnert 'n' fifty-se'en gooks kilt. 'N' fifty caribou. Them're all certified.
  • Mal Hombre: God damn it, Sergeant. I thought you were a professional soldier.
    Sergeant: I waited as long as I could, Sir. Any longer, and I was gonna lose my man.
    Mal Hombre: This outfit is perfectly capable of taking care of its own dirty laundry. Is that clear, Sergeant?
    Sergeant: Colonel, since when is a wounded trooper 'dirty laundry'?
  • Black sergeant: You a reporter?
    Herr: No, a writer.
    Black sergeant: Careful. You can't use no eraser up where you wanna go.

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