DENBY FAWCETT: Initially sent to the Honolulu Advertiser’s Saigon bureau to report colorful stories, Fawcett soon found herself the Advertiser’s chief Vietnam reporter at age twenty-four. In "Walking Point," she recalls the difficulty for women journalists to get to combat zones in the early days of the American military escalation, reporting from the Rockpile, one of the bloodiest battlegrounds of the war, walking with the point squad, one of the most dangerous and exposed units on patrol, the forced village evacuations and her famous chance encounter with family acquaintance General Westmoreland that almost got women banned from overnight stays in the field. "Vietnam is where I walked through a field of dead soldiers always looking ahead. Vietnam is where I saw butterflies dance in the sun while soldiers tried to kill one another. In the fear of death, I felt most alive. Vietnam is everything brave about me and everything that still makes me uncertain. Vietnam is where I lost my sense that everything was going to be all right. I pray to leave Vietnam, but I never can."

Denby Fawcett is a political reporter with KITV-TV news. She lives in Honolulu with her husband, former NBC news correspondent Bob Jones.

To contact Denby, email banyanhouse@hula.net.