Here is George Hamilton and I in Phnom Penh, at Hurley Scroggin’s Cantina on the Mekong River in February 2010. George came to Southeast Asia to attend the unveiling of a memorial honoring the memory of journalists and friends who were killed or went missing when the Vietnam War expanded into Cambodia in the early 1970s. Sean Flynn, the son of Errol and an ace photojournalist who disappeared in the Cambodian War, was a close friend of George’s, so he came to pay homage. George fit right into the Southeast Asia expat scene. He stayed at a modest hotel, frequented Hurley’s wonderful dive and motored about town in a flimsy Tuk Tuk while I followed, riding a moto with Tim Page as a passenger. Marianne Harris, Page’s better half, and Michael Hayes, the founder of the Phnom Penh Post, rounded out this memorable entourage.
Another blast from the past. This article, which appeared in the prestigious and sophisticated men’s magazine Penthouse a few years back is basically a postscript to THE EAGLE MUTINY (Naval Institute Press 2001), the non-fiction book I wrote with Roberto Loiederman about an incredible true-life mutiny on an American ship during the Vietnam War, and its tragic aftermath. “A tale worthy of Conrad,” wrote TD Allman about the book.
It was recently optioned for a feature film by Academy Award-winning screenwriter/producer William Monahan (The Departed).
The SS Columbia Eagle may set sail again…
As promised, here is my unexpurgated full-length story of Zalin Grant’s 2002 search for Sean Flynn and Dana Stone in Cambodia. It was originally commissioned by Outside Magazine, which dropped it for unspecified reasons. I sold it on the rebound to Brit magazine JACK (now defunct), which didn’t have much room for the piece but the editor-in-chief really wanted it or at least some of it so he simply did a Khmer Rouge number on it – he butchered it, keeping the head and tossing the body. It was published with my original title The Continuing Search for the Son of Captain Blood (see previous posting). I’m posting it now in response to renewed interest in the Flynn case.
Everybody’s looking for Sean Flynn these days. The son of Errol Flynn left a middling acting career to become a war photographer in Vietnam and was captured and likely killed by the Khmer Rouge in 1970. Here’s a story I wrote about Zalin Grant’s search for his remains in 2002. This story was published in the now defunct British magazine JACK and the editor lobbed off more than 3/4 of the article to shoehorn it into the pub. I will post the full-length never-before-seen version soon. It’s a doozy! Stay tuned.