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John Rich '39, Forgotten Korean War Photos on NBC Nightly News

Story posted July 28, 2008

John Rich '39, who spent nearly 30 years as a war correspondent for NBC News, made a discovery that landed him back on television — this time as the focus of a segment that aired Friday, July 25, 2008, on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

The "Making a Difference" segment featured Rich and some of the hundreds of color photographs he had taken while on the ground covering the Korean War in 1950.

The color photographs of Marines, pilots, generals, children and refugees paint a rare picture of a war that is mostly seen in black and white photos.

Rich, interviewed at his home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, reported on every major armed conflict from Korea to the Congo for nearly 30 years — first on the radio and later on television.

Rich told NBC News he never took a single photo of any other war he covered.

He says he recently discovered the archive of photos in an old tea chest.

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