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Michael Herr dies at 76; chronicled Vietnam War in 'Dispatches' and 'Full Metal Jacket'

Michael Herr dies at 76; chronicled Vietnam War in 'Dispatches' and 'Full Metal Jacket'

Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel "Dispatches" and through such films as “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket,” died after a long illness. He was 76.

His death Thursday in an upstate New York hospital was confirmed by publisher Alfred A. Knopf, which released "Dispatches" in 1977, two years after the U.S. left Vietnam.

With a knack for eavesdropping and a reverence for Ernest Hemingway, Herr was part of the New Journalism wave that included Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer and advocated applying...

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