MRE member, Don North, remembers slain journalists in Cambodia

on Nol regime Information Minister Chhang Song and a group of veteran war journalists visit a memorial site in Kompong Speu province on Tuesday to pay their respects to four journalists killed in an ambush and five more who were executed there in 1970. Don North is seen fifth from left in photo. (Credit: Lauren Crothers/The Cambodia Daily)

Lon Nol regime Information Minister Chhang Song and a group of veteran war journalists visit a memorial site in Kompong Speu province on Tuesday to pay their respects to four journalists killed in an ambush and five more who were executed there in 1970. MRE board member, Don North, is seen fifth from left in photo. (Credit: Lauren Crothers/The Cambodia Daily)

Between 1970 and 1975 37 journalists covering the war in Cambodia were killed. On one single day, May 31, 1970, nine TV journalists from NBC and CBS News were ambushed and killed.

They were Americans Welles Hangen, George Syvertsen, Gerry Miller, Indian Ramnik Lekhi, Cambodian Yeng Samleng, French Roger Colne, Japanese Tomoharu Ishi, Kojiro Sakai, and Yoshihiro Waku.

Recently friends of the slain journalists, themselves veterans of the war in Vietnam and Cambodia, returned to the village of Wat Po to dedicate a memorial stone and tree near where their colleagues were killed forty three years ago.

Video: Don North

Additional stills: Marianne Harris, Tim Page