DJ who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' has died

Rodolfo Vieira
Jul 20, 2018
05:20 A.M.
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Adrian Joseph Cronauer, a former Air Force DJ in Vietnam, has recently passed away, leaving behind a legacy that very few can come close to.


Cronauer drew his last breath at the age of 79 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Troutville, Virginia, where he lived with his family. So far, no cause of death has been revealed.

The news of his passing was shared by an obituary posted by a Virginia Funeral Home, which also offered a little bit of the former entertainer's background.

The late 79-year-old was best known for co-writing the script for the movie Good Morning, Vietnam, which featured Robin Williams, who took his own life back in 2014, as Cronauer.


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The acclaimed 1987 film focused on the time that Cronauer spent as an Air Force DJ in Vietnam, with the flick earning Williams an Academy Award nomination.

According to the obituary, Cronauer served as a confidential advisor for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2009 and as a representative of the POW/MIA Office.


He would appear at meetings within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as several others outside of the circle, including cooperation with the leadership of veterans service organizations and activist groups.

For his incredible efforts, Cronauer was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. As a former U.S. Air Force sergeant who sat on the Board of Directors of the National D-Day Memorial, the medal added even more prestige to his career.


During his time in Vietnam, Cronauer became famous for his quirky style behind the microphone; 'Good Morning, Vietnam' turned into his catchphrase, which he used to open his show, Dawn Buster, from 1965 to 1966, while stationed in Saigon.

Cronauer moved to New York in 1979, having worked on television and radio in the following years, His wife, Jeane Steppe, passed away before him, but he is survived by his stepson, Michael Muse, and daughter-in-law, Mary Muse, as well four grandchildren.

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