Robert Timberg, Journalist, Author and Vietnam Veteran, Dies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Robert R. “Bob” Timberg, a Marine Corps veteran who survived horrific injuries in Vietnam and became a Washington reporter for The Baltimore Sun, died Tuesday at age 76.

The Hardesty Funeral Home confirmed Wednesday that he died at a hospital in Annapolis, where he had lived.

Timberg’s 1995 book, “The Nightingale’s Song,” looked at the lives of five fellow Naval Academy graduates, including Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Jim Webb.

“Bob Timberg was a dutiful and proud Marine, a respected and principled journalist, a talented and acclaimed writer, a loyal friend and good company, a loving father and husband,” McCain said in a statement.

Timberg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964 and was sent to Vietnam as a Marine. In 1967, the amphibious tractor he was riding hit a land mine, burning him with fuel. He underwent 35 operations to help reconstruct his face.

He joined the Evening Capital in Annapolis in 1970 and later went to work at the Evening Sun in Baltimore, covering the statehouse. He joined The Sun’s Washington bureau in 1981.

Timberg covered Capitol Hill and later became White House correspondent, covering Ronald Reagan’s administration. He retired from The Sun in 2005.

His book “Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir,” published in 2014, tells the story of Timberg’s war wounds and his gradual, painful physical recovery and determination to make it to the highest levels of journalism.

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