Fred Waters | News photographer, 86
Mr. Waters was born in Alabama in 1927. His family moved to Miami in the 1930s and he got a job as a clerk in the photo lab of the Miami Herald.
He was 17 when he joined the Navy in World War II, earning a Purple Heart on Guam. He joined the Army after his hitch in the Navy ended in 1946 and was trained as a photographer, serving a tour in Japan and earning the name "Mizu-San," Japanese for "Mr. Waters."
Mr. Waters was hired by AP in 1952. He remained in Southeast Asia and covered the Korean War, the French-Indochina War, and Vietnam. He was wounded in Korea, hurt in a helicopter crash in Laos, and suffered an eye injury from a bamboo trap in South Vietnam.