Davan Maharaj

Ray F. Herndon dies at 77; journalist who covered Vietnam War later worked for L.A. Times

Ray F. Herndon

Ray F. Herndon, a journalist who covered the early days of the Vietnam War for United Press International and later helped free an innocent man from a Texas prison as an investigative reporter, died Sunday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 77.

Herndon, who finished his long career as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, died at home in Fountain Valley, said his wife, Annie.

“Ray believed in using journalism to stand up for the underdog and as a force for doing good,” Times Editor Davan Maharaj said Sunday. “He achieved a tremendous record of using daily journalism to hold elected officials accountable for their actions. He imparted many...