Robert R. Timberg, a former Baltimore Sun reporter and Marine whose 1995 book "The Nightingale's Song," about five Naval Academy graduates who served in the Vietnam War, earned him wide acclaim, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
The Annapolis resident was 76.
"Bob Timberg was a genuine American hero who continues to inspire me every day," said Sen. John S. McCain III of Arizona, whose experiences in Vietnam were detailed in "The Nightingale's Song."
The book followed the lives of five U.S. Naval Academy graduates in the war: Senator McCain, former Virginia Sen. James H. Webb Jr., Marine Lt. Col. Oliver L....