The nation and the naval profession lost an outstanding Marine, award-winning journalist, and former Proceedings editor-in-chief this past month with the passing of Bob Timberg. Proceedings senior editor Fred Schultz, who served with Bob during his tenure at the Naval Institute, wrote the following tribute for USNI News, published on 8 September:
. . . Bob Timberg was best known, of course, as author of the highly acclaimed 1997 book, The Nightingale’s Song, a compilation of profiles of five U.S. Naval Academy graduates whose lives became intertwined in the post-Vietnam War political landscape.
Around the U.S. Naval Institute, however, Bob also is remembered for the stirring address he delivered to the assembled panelists at a 1997 conference on the Vietnam “Fault Line” at an event cosponsored with the McCormick-Tribune Foundation and held at Cantigny just outside Chicago. He reprised his commentary for the Institute’s Annual Meeting that April and subsequently had it published in the July-August issue of Naval History.