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David Lamb, longtime L.A. Times correspondent who covered Vietnam War, dies at 76

David Lamb, longtime L.A. Times correspondent who covered Vietnam War, dies at 76

David Lamb was the consummate newspaperman in the glory days of the profession.

Especially for young reporters dispatched to the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, a chance to work with the veteran journalist and writer was like being teamed with a hero.

Yet the gravel-voiced correspondent treated newbies like he did everyone else – with warmth, deference and a boyish grin that regularly erupted in hearty laughter. 

Lamb, a foreign and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and a prolific author, died Sunday at a hospital in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington.

He was 76, and the cause of death was cancer,...

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