Steve Stibbens Death – Obituary | Dead – Passed Away
Steve Stibbens Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Steve Stibbens.
Received word of the death in Dallas today of Gy.Sgt. Steve Stibbens, 83, after a lengthy illness. Steve was a good friend and a fine photographer for Stars&Stripes, Leatherneck Magazine, and The Associated Press in Vietnam from 1963 for a number of years. He earned a Bronze Star with V while at Stripes and was Military Photographer of the Year two years running at Leatherneck. He retired from active duty in 1966 and returned to Vietnam as an AP photographer. Steve was a fine company in a foxhole or a watering hole and we will miss him greatly.
Marine Combat correspondent Bob Bowen adds this much better account of Stibbens’ career: The retired ranks of the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, have lost a fighter and I have lost a friend. GySgt Steve Stibbens hung up his award-winning camera this afternoon, September 20, in Dallas, Texas. His heart gave out on him after 83 years.
Steve was the first Marine Combat Correspondent to cover the Vietnam War. He was assigned to the Pacific Stars & Stripes then. The daily serviceman’s newspaper began carrying Steve’s bylined reports from Vietnam in 1963. Colonel Donald Dickson, Editor-Publisher of Leatherneck Magazine, presented Stibbens the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V for his coverage of the war for Stripes. From Stripes, Stibbens went to Leatherneck Magazine. When the Marines landed in Da Nang in March 1965, Steve was quick to follow. Photos he made then and on two later trips for the magazine won for him the title “Military Photographer of the Year” in 1964 and 1965 in judging by DoD, Nikon, the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and the National Press Photographers Association.
A portrait of a war-weary Army soldier was recognized later as “President’s Choice” in a contest judged by President Lyndon Johnson. Steve left the Corps in 1966 and returned to Vietnam for The Associated Press. Later, Stibbens re-enlisted in the Reserves and retired from the Corps with 20 years service. His beloved wife, Lucy, of 51 years, passed in 2010. He leaves behind one daughter, Nancy, AKA Suzy. May he Rest In Peace.
Received word of the death in Dallas today of Gy.Sgt. Steve Stibbens, 83, after a lengthy illness. Steve was a good…
Posted by Joseph Galloway on Saturday, September 19, 2020
#USMC A sad passing |Steve Stibbens, SGT, USMC had passed away this morning. Steve was one of the first and finest photo/journalists of the Vietnam War. While a Marine, starting in 1962, Steve had shot photos for “Stars and Stripes”. including the important Battle for Ap Bac,
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
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