REYNOLDS, TERRY L.
Name: Terry L. Reynolds
Unit: UPI Reporter
Date of Birth: 01 January 1942 (Winona KS)
Home City of Record: Grainfield KS
Date of Loss: 26 April 1972
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: 112250N 1051451E (WT270580)
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Peugot automobile
Other Personnel in Incident: Alan Hirons (captured)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
SYNOPSIS: On April 26, 1972, American reporter Terry Reynolds and Australian
photographer Alan Hirons were driving on Route 1 in Prey Veng Province,
Cambodia, when their car was stopped and they were captured by communist
troops active in the area. Their captured by 3 Viet Cong soldiers was
witnessed by FANK soldiers. The two were on assignment to UPI at the time.
Their auto was found at a road block with all movie and still photo
equipment left inside. Villagers reported that both had been led away by the
communists. The following month, a Viet Cong rallier stated that he had seen
two caucasians equating to Reynolds and Hirons. Another report said that
Reynolds was being held in Sampan Loeu Hamlet, about 40 kilometers southeast
of Phnom Penh in June 1972.
In August 1972, Reynolds and Hirons were seen as POWs northeast of Phnom
Penh; Reynolds was in good health, Hirons was ill at the time. In February
1973, a junior ARVN officer was released by the Viet Cong 75 miles north of
Saigon and reported that the journalists were alive.
Author Zalin Grant interviewed returned ARVN POWs in early 1973 and released
the following data supporting other stories indicating journalists could
still be alive. "Returned ARVN POWs sighted the (unnamed) journalists on
Route #7, 17 miles south of Snoul in Eastern Cambodia 7-72 in ox-carts
pulled by Hondas; another said a VC captain near Minot, eastern Cambodia
(where military American POWs were released from in 1973) reported the
(unnamed) journalists held in 7-72 had cameras; Cambodian national saw
(unnamed) journalists in 6-72 at Prince Sihanouk's FUNK camp south of Route
#13 in Kratie Province; returned ARVN POWs said a guard told them in 3073
that the journalists were still alive and held in their area." Walter
Cronkite reported a sighting of (unnamed) journalists in January, 1974.
Whether Grant's and Cronkite's information relates to the journalists
missing from April 26, 1972, is not known. The two are among 22
international journalists still missing in Southeast Asia, most known to
have been captured. For several years during the war, the correspondents
community rallied and publicized the fates of fellow journalists. After a
while, they tired of the effort, and today these men are forgotten by all
but families and friends.
Tragically, nearly the whole world turns its head while thousands of reports
continue to flow in that prisoners are still held in Southeast Asia.
Cambodia offered to return a substantial number of remains of men it says
are Americans missing in Cambodia (in fact the number offered exceeded the
number of those officially missing). But the U.S. has no formal diplomatic
relations with the communist government of Cambodia, and refused to directly
respond to this offer. Although several U.S. Congressmen offered to travel
to Cambodia to receive the remains, they have not been permitted to do so by
By 1991, well over 10,000 reports regarding missing Americans have been
received which convince many experts that hundreds of Americans are still
alive in Southeast Asia. Whether the newsmen ambushed in Cambodia on April
26, 1972 are among them is unknown. Whatever their identities or
nationality, they deserve the basic human right of freedom.
The Bamboo Cage, by Nigel Cawthorn
The Full Story of the American Servicemen still held hostage in South-East
..... On 26 April, 1972, a Peugeot was stopped on Route 1 in Kandal province
in Cambodia and UPI reporter Terry Reynolds, an American, and his
photographer Allen Hirons, an Australian, and their Cambodian driver were
led away, leaving all their camera equipment behind in the car. According to
villagers in the area, both journalists were captured and led away by
Communist forces. In early May, 1972, a Viet Cong defector reported seeing
two Caucasians of Reynolds' and Hirons' descriptions. Another report said
they were being held in Sampan Loeu hamlet, about 40 kilometres south-east
of Phnom Penh in 1972. (52).....