Sean Flynn's remains found?

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  1. Rhodie

    Rhodie Ol'Timer

    A somewhat speculative report at this stage, involving an Aussi-Brit "bone-hunting" team using an excavator in Kampong Cham province in Cambodia.
    A set of remains were handed over to the Hawaii based JPAC tasked with identifying the remains of Americans missing in foreign wars.
    Tim Page & the US Embassy appear to be taking this seriously, though what one makes of the "Bone Hunters" is another matter.
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_MISSING_JOURNALIST?SITE=MAQUI&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
     
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  3. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Interesting stuff Rhodie.

    I got this info from IMDB.com

    Sean Flynn

    Date of Birth
    31 May 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Date of Death
    June 1971, Chi Pou, Cambodia (believed killed by captors)

    Birth Name
    Sean Leslie Flynn

    Height
    6' 3" (1.91 m)

    Mini Biography
    American actor and journalist. Born to famed swashbuckling movie hero Errol Flynn and actress Lili Damita, Sean Flynn was the object of contention between the divorced couple for his entire life. Raised primarily by his mother, he was alternately ignored and fought for by his father, who engaged in a years-long custody battle with Damita. Sean grew up in Palm Beach, Florida and attended Palm Beach Private School and prep school Lawrenceville. Summers he spent with his father in Jamaica or on the elder Flynn's yacht. He enrolled at Duke University, but soon thereafter accepted a contract to appear in a sequel to his father's hit film Captain Blood (1935), Il figlio del capitano Blood (1962). He made a few more films in Europe, in all of which he was extraordinarily handsome but not particularly skilled or at ease before the camera. He became bored with acting and then went to Africa in 1965. There he worked for a time as a game warden and hunter in Kenya. The Vietnam war was heating up, and in 1966 Flynn went to cover the war as a photographer-correspondent for Paris-Match. He was wounded in the knee in March He left Vietnam long enough to appear in a final film, Cinq gars pour Singapour (1967), and to cover the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. He then returned to Vietnam in 1968, where he sold photographs and news stories to most of the major news organizations and made plans for a documentary film on the war. His exploits and those of his colleagues made them somewhat legendary figures in military and journalism circles. In April, 1970, while covering the widening of combat to the border areas of Cambodia, Flynn and colleague Dana Stone disappeared. They were presumed captured by elements of the North Vietnamese, the Viet Cong, or the Khmer Rouge .. Although some reports indicated they may have survived as prisoners for as much as another two months, Flynn and Stone were never definitively heard from again after April 6, 1970, and were almost certainly executed by captors.

    IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver

    Trivia
    Father was Errol Flynn.

    Mother was Lili Damita

    Half-brother of Deirdre Flynn, Rory Flynn & Arnella Flynn.

    Subject of the 1981 Clash song "Sean Flynn" from the Combat Rock album.

    As to his mysterious disappearance, according to author Jeffrey Meyers, who wrote "Errol and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam," the hippie-looking Sean had returned to Vietnam in March of 1970 to freelance for Time magazine and teamed up with photographer Dana Stone. On April 6, 1970, against the advice of others also in the area, Sean and Dana headed by motorcycle towards a supposedly abandoned roadblock on the Cambodian border to snap pictures...and disappeared. The two men were never heard from again despite the efforts of many, including Sean's mother Lili Damita. After years of speculation, it was discovered that he HAD survived as a prisoner of war first with the Vietcong and then the communist Khmer Rouge organization. In June of 1971, he contracted a severe case of malaria and was given a lethal injection. He died just a few weeks after his 30th birthday.
     
  4. Rhodie

    Rhodie Ol'Timer

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    R E Q U I E M
    SEAN FLYNN

    Sean Flynn arrived at the UPI bureau in Saigon shortly after his friend Dana Stone.
    He had "popped over" to Vietnam from Singapore where he was acting in a movie.
    An adventurer, like his famous father, Errol Flynn, he wanted to see some action.
    I got him accredited as a UPI photographer.
    Once official, he wasted no time disappearing into the "boonies."

    Sean was unlike most photographers.
    Instead of doing quick operations in the field, Sean wanted to hang out with the Special Forces and the "LURPS " (Long Range Patrols)
    in the thickest jungles and the highest, most remote mountain ranges.
    He would disappear for weeks at a time, and when he returned, it was with only a few rolls of film.
    But his photos were unlike anyone else's.
    (Dirck Halstead)

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    R E Q U I E M
    DANA STONE


    Dana Stone showed up at the doorstep of the UPI bureau in Saigon in 1965 after buying a ticket to Vietnam on a freighter.
    He quickly became one of the finest young photographers covering the war.

    He and Sean Flynn, the son of movie star Errol Flynn, soon formed a close friendship and the war became a great adventure for both of them.
    They often rode to scenes of action on their motorcycles.
    In 1970, they were riding those bikes down a road in Cambodia when they were stopped and executed in a field by the Khmer Rouge.
    (Dirck Halstead)

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    Sean Flynn & Dana Stone

    The Mysterious End of Sean Flynn & Dana Stone
    Wikipedia reports that information obtained from indigenous sources indicated that Stone and Flynn were executed in mid-1971 in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia.
    Various sources, including an intercepted radio message from COSUN, the Viet Cong high command, indicated that Flynn and Stone survived.

    One source reported that he had seen a group of very long haired, bearded, tall prisoners near Memot,
    Cambodia who were identified as 'imperialist journalists'.

    Over the following years, occasional reports emerged from isolated Cambodian villages of a "movie star" who was being held prisoner by the Khmer Rouge.
    In reality, his mother Lili Damita spent large amounts of money searching for him, but he was never found.

    Wikipedia also reports that in the 1980s, a vagrant claimed to have been recently in Mexico having been drinking buddies with a man who claimed to be the son of Errol Flynn.
    This was never verified or substantiated. In 1984, Sean Flynn was declared legally dead, and one of 22 international journalists missing in Southeast Asia, most known to have been captured.

    Evidence concerning Sean Flynn's fate was uncovered in 1991 by his former photojournalist colleague Tim Page.
    According to a report published in the UK Sunday Times on March 24th 1991, Page returned to Cambodia in November 1990, determined to resolve the mystery.

    "He began his search at Sangke Kaong, the first village where Flynn and Stone were known to have been held captive for several months according to documents released by the CIA.
    Page tracked down one former villager who identified Flynn from a contemporary photograph, and recalled that the American had told her that both his parents were movie actors."

    According to the report, "Flynn and Stone were moved north in early 1971 by their captors to Rokar Knor and then Peus, following the advance of US forces into Cambodia.
    Following a hunger strike, they were moved again, and eventually handed over to the Khmer Rouge."

    Investigations by Page and a TV documentary producer led them to a village known as Bei Met, and to an empty grave that had allegedly been the final resting place of two foreigners.
    Forensic examination of the few remains left in the grave suggested they belonged to a tall man and a short man, and that both had met a violent end.

    Even more recent information has been provided by author Jeffrey Meyers in his 2002 dual biography, "Inherited Risk: Errol and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Viet Nam".

    His research now provides a different ending to the mystery of "Whatever Happened to Sean Flynn?" Meyer says his research shows that in June of 1971,
    being a captive for over a year, Flynn had contracted a "severe case of malaria".

    He says that because of the poor medical facilities in Cambodia, the medical treatment given to him by his captors "went horribly wrong".
    When nothing else could be done for him; he was given a lethal injection.

    It is alleged that he may also have been buried alive, before the effects of the injection took its final toll.
    His remains were then buried in an unknown spot never to be found again.

    Video Remembering Sean Flynn & Dana Stone
     

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