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Photo of Stephen H. Warner Posted for: STEPHEN HENRY WARNER: This photo of Stephen H. Warner is courtesy of Special Collections, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. Steve was a member of the Gettysburg College Class of 1968.
Posted by: Christina Hansen
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY PHOTOJOURNALIST
Posted for: STEPHEN HENRY WARNER:
STEPHEN HENRY WARNER
served with the
UNITED STATES ARMY
VIETNAM PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
at LONG BINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
WASHINGTON ( ARMY NEWS SERVICE - 14 MAY 2002 ) ---
An exhibit of poignant Vietnam photographs opened last week near Princeton, New Jersey, displaying the work of Army photojournailist Specialist 4 Stephen Henry Warner, who was killed near the Laos border on 14 February 1971.
Warner's photographs and excerpts of his writing will be on display at the Montgomery Center for the Arts in Skillman, New Jersey, through the end of May.
The exhibit's opening ceremony on May 5 attracted about 200 people, including many veterans who each placed a red star on a giant wooden map of Vietnam and Cambodia to depict where they served.
"We had people in tears here on Sunday," said Beverly Mills, office manager at the Montgomery Center for the Arts. "It was quite an emotional show."
Warner worked for the United States Army Vietnam Public Affairs Office at Long Binh, but was reportedly on assignment writing an article for ARMOR magazine when he was killed.
Warner also wrote articles for ARMY DIGEST, the predecessor of today's SOLDIERS magazine. He covered operations in Cambodia and went on a night patrol with a squad from the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
"As the year went on, he volunteered for more and more dangerous missions," said Arthur Amchan, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board who served in Vietnam at the same time as Warner. He has been researching Warner's work and plans to write a book about the Army photojournalist.
Amchan believes that Warner was probably the only Yale law school student who was killed in Vietnam. And what makes it even more interesting, Amchan said, is that Warner was very active in the anti-war movement when he was an undergraduate at Gettysburg College. Then after his first year of law school, Warner was drafted.
"He developed a tremendous empathy with the field soldier," Amshan said, " and wanted to be the one to tell his story."
When I read some of his stuff, it kind of sends chills up my spine," Amchan said.
Warner tried to emulate the writings of Ernie Pyle, but in a letter home to his parents, he wrote he'd never be like Pyle, because he wouldn't get killed in action.
Then in February 1971, he volunteered to cover a road building mission with the 7th Engineer Battalion near the Laos border. Midway through the mission, his armored personnel carrier was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Warner left his $ 10,000 Servicemen's Group Life Insurance to Gettysburg College along with several cartons of photos, negatives, notebooks, articles and letters. They lay in the cartons for more than 20 years until preparations for a reunion of Warner's graduating class.
In the spring of 1993, David Hendrick, the college's coordinator of collections, worked with five art students and their professor, Norm Annis, to prepare an exhibit of Warner's photos and writing. The exhibit was displayed for the 25th reunion of the class of 1968.
The exhibit has remained on display at the Gettysburg College Library since then, except for a brief period in 1995 when it was on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and for the month of May while it is in New Jersey.
Warner's next-door neighbor during the 1960s, Nancy Tetz, contacted Gettysburg College and arranged for the exhibit to go on the road to Montgomery township, New Jersey.
"I always had the dream that it should come some day to the place that Stephen lived," Tetz said of the exhibit.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
Posted by: CLAY MARSTON
Sunday, June 30, 2002
I was stationed with Steve at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He got to Viet Nam before me and, from his post at USARV, helped arrange a good assignment for me when I followed him there. I remember vividly the call I received about his death, so close to the end of his tour. Steve was smart (beyond smart), kind and an all-round good guy. He had enormous potential for a long life and productive life. I still think of him often and the sacrifice he made. Dec 31, 2007
Feb 14, 1971
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri Conflict
Location of Interment
Princeton Cemetery - Princeton, New Jersey
1ST LT. WILLIAM KINCY, CO OF THE 7TH PID
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR VETERANS AND SERVICEMEMBERS
KILLED IN ACTION
Author to discuss Gettysburg College grads Vietnam War journalism
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The bravery of a Gettysburg College alum during the Vietnam War will be the topic of a discussion by Judge Arthur Amchan on Sept. 27.
The 7 p.m. lecture, "Duty, Honor and Conscience: Stephen Warner's Life and Death in the Vietnam War," is based on Amchan's recent book, "Killed In Action: The Life and Times of Sp4 Stephen H. Warner: Draftee, Journalist and Anti-war Activist." Sponsored by the Friends of Musselman Library, the lecture will be held in the Special Collections suite on the 4th floor of Mussleman Library at Gettysburg College. A reception will follow the lecture. This event is open to the public at no cost.
Warner, a 1968 graduate of Gettysburg College, spent one year in law school at Yale University before being drafted by the U.S. Army. Assigned to duty as a journalist, he photographed and wrote extensively about the life he and his fellow soldiers lived in the line of fire. Warner was killed on Feb. 14, 1971 by enemy fire during an ambush in Quang Tri Province near the Laotian border a few weeks before his discharge.
Amchan, also a young law student when he was drafted for service in Vietnam, conducted careful research and in-depth interviews for his book.
Warner's legacy to Gettysburg College includes his notebooks, diaries, and letters from Vietnam as well as a stunning sequence of photographs he took in the field. Items from this collection are currently on display in Musselman Library.
Amchan, a native of Arlington, Va., is an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board. He is the author of several books, including "The Most Famous Soldier in America: A biography of Lt. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, 1839-1925," who was a Civil War general and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection; "Heroes, Martyrs, and Survivors of the Civil War: The Generation that Fought the War and Its Legacy," which includes biographical sketches of twenty-two notable Civil War era figures; and "The Kaiser's Senator," which profiles Sen. Robert M. La Follette and his opposition to American participation in World War I.
Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With approximately 2,500 students, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. The college was founded in 1832.
Dec 31, 2007
Steve was smart (beyond smart), kind and an all-round good guy. He had enormous potential for a long life and productive life. I still think of him often and the sacrifice he made. Steve Stuyck
Stephen Henry Warner
Birth: 21 Feb 1946
Death: 14 Feb 1971
Cause: Other Explosive Device
Age at Death: 24
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died of Wounds
Hometown: Skillman, NJ
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Battalion: 3rd Sqd
Company: A Trp
5th Inf Div
Information Specialist (ARMY)
Tour Start Date:
21 Mar 1970
Methodist (also Evangelical United Brethren)
Race or Ethnicity: Caucasian
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 104 1
On the occasion of the 25th reunion of the class of 1968, the Gettysburg College Art Gallery presented "Stephen H. Warner, 1946-1971; Words and Pictures from the Vietnam War." After favorable reviews in regional and national press, the exhibit was awarded a six-month run at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History... Read More