Longtime AP Photographer Fred Waters Dies

4 years 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, December 05 2013 Dec 5, 2013 Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:01:00 PM CST December 05, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Fred Waters, a longtime Associated Press photographer who covered everything from war to construction of the Gateway Arch, has died.

Waters died Wednesday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., after several years of failing health, his daughter, Karen Wiley, said. He was 86.

Waters was born in Alabama. He was 17 when he joined the Navy in World War II, earning a Purple Heart. He later joined the Army and trained as a photographer.

Waters was hired by AP in 1952 and covered the Korean War, the French-Indochina War and Vietnam. He transferred to St. Louis in 1962 and stayed until he retired in 1987.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Bayview Memorial Park Funeral Home in Pensacola, Fla. Survivors include his wife, three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

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