[2004 · Toledo Blade • Investigative Reporting]
BLADE SERIES REVEALED LONG-HIDDEN VIETNAM ATROCITIES
PULITZER ENTRY MATERIALS:
The Blade’s Tiger Force Series.
The Blade’s front page from April 6, 2004, announcing the Pulitzer win.
“The Tiger Force investigation was finished after the war had ended. It was the last thing our government — particularly the Nixon and then the Ford administration — wanted to become public. This was one last horrific reminder that would have kept us lingering on the war had they not buried it,” Sallah said in an interview with Salon.com in 2006.
The series received significant responses, including an opened review of the former Tiger Force investigation by the United States Army.
In 2006, Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss published the book “Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War.”
Michael Sallah talks about studying the original documents that would ultimately lead to the Tiger Force Series in a 2006 presentation at Bowling Green State University.
Michael Sallah talks about how the team tracked down key documents at the National Archives.
Mitch Weiss talks about how the team persuaded The Blade’s editors to pay for them to travel to Vietnam in the hopes of finding witnesses to the Tiger Force atrocities.