Tuohy was born on October 1, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, and was brought up in that city. In 1945 he joined the U.S. Navy, and served for two years aboard a submarine rescue vessel, USS Florikan, in the Pacific.
In 1947, and after leaving the navy, Tuohy was injured in a train wreck, and as a result with a pronounced limp for the rest of his life. He returned to Illinois and studied English at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, graduating from Northwestern University in 1951. The following year he went to work at the San Francisco Chronicle as a copy boy.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, Tuohy gained promotion to reporter and, eventually, editor on the city desk. He joined Newsweek magazine in 1959, covering the 1964 presidential campaign and briefly working as the assistant national editor. Tuohy was appointed Newsweek's foreign correspondent in Saigon in 1965, just as the United States was just entering the Vietnam War. He was there when the United States began bombing North Vietnam, and when the first US combat troops came ashore at Da Nang.
In 1966 Tuohy joined the Los Angeles Times as the Saigon Bureau Chief. In 1969 Tuohy won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his Vietnam War correspondence the previous year. Tuohy had a lengthy career as a foreign correspondent. He served as Beirut Bureau Chief from 1968 to 1973, Rome Bureau Chief from 1973 to 1977, London Bureau Chief from 1977 to 1985, Bonn Bureau Chief from 1985 to 1990 and European Security Correspondent from 1990 to 1995. In addition to postings as bureau chief, he covered the Fall of Saigon, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, The Troubles of Northern Ireland, and the first Gulf War.
In 1979, when fellow Los Angeles Times correspondent Joe Alex Morris Jr. was killed in the early days of the Iranian Revolution, Tuohy hired a Learjet and flew into Tehran airport, even though the airport was closed to traffic and occupied by the Revolutionary Guards. After negotiations, he received Morris's body and flew back to the US, returning the body to Morris's family.
Tuohy retired in 1995.
After retiring, Tuohy wrote two books of naval history. The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane and U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War was published in 2001 in the U.K. and 2006 in the U.S. Richard O'Kane was the Executive Officer of USS Wahoo during World War II and later received a Medal of Honor for his service in command of USS Tang. His second book, America's Fighting Admirals: Winning the War at Sea in World War II was published in 2007. The book told the story of the war from the perspective of Navy Admirals such as Marc Mitscher, the commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force and John S. McCain, Sr..
Tuohy married three times. His first marriage was to Mary Ellen Dufek in 1955, and lasted until 1957 before they were divorced. In 1964 he married Johanna Iselen and had a son, Cyril. He and Johanna were divorced in 1989. He married a third time in 1998, to Rose Marie Wheeler, a French citizen born in Vietnam.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Tuohy won the Overseas Press Club award for his reporting from the Middle East in 1970. He also won the Best Feature Story award in 2003 from Submarine Review.
His last award was, alphabetically, being the last notable person to die in 2009.
The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1969.Clean sweep (naval)
A "clean sweep" for a naval vessel refers to having "swept the enemy from the seas," a completely successful mission. It is traditionally indicated by hanging a broom from a mast or lashing it to the periscope of a submarine.Eberhard Diepgen
Eberhard Diepgen (born 13 November 1941) is a German politician of the CDU.Gerda Hasselfeldt
Gerda Hasselfeldt (born 7 July 1950) is a German politician (CSU) from Bavaria. She served as deputy chairperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group and chairwoman of the Bundestag group of CSU parliamentarians. Following her departure from active politics, she became President of the German Red Cross in 2018.Giuseppe Zangara
Giuseppe "Joe" Zangara (September 7, 1900 – March 20, 1933) was an Italian immigrant and naturalized citizen of the United States who attempted to assassinate then-President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 15, 1933. During a night speech by Roosevelt in Miami, Florida, Zangara fired five shots with a handgun he had purchased a couple of days before. He missed his target and instead injured five bystanders, mortally wounding Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago.Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Hans-Dietrich Genscher (21 March 1927 – 31 March 2016) was a German statesman and a member of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), who served as the Federal Minister of the Interior from 1969 to 1974, and as the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany from 1974 to 1992 (except for a two-week break in 1982, after the FDP had left the Third Schmidt cabinet), making him the longest-serving occupant of either post and the only person, holding one of these posts under two different Chancellors of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1991 he was chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
A proponent of Realpolitik, Genscher has been called "a master of diplomacy." He is widely regarded as having been a principal "architect of German reunification." In 1991, he played a pivotal role in the breakup of Yugoslavia by successfully pushing for international recognition of Croatia, Slovenia and other republics declaring independence, in an effort to halt "a trend towards a Greater Serbia." After leaving office, he worked as a lawyer and international consultant. He was President of the German Council on Foreign Relations and was involved with several international organisations, and with former Czech President Václav Havel, he called for a Cold War museum to be built in Berlin.John Factor
John Factor (October 8, 1892 – January 22, 1984), born Iakov Faktorowicz, was a Prohibition-era gangster and con artist affiliated with the Chicago Outfit.
He later became a prominent businessman and Las Vegas casino proprietor, owner of the Stardust Resort and Casino. It is alleged that he ran the operation on behalf of the mob, with a lifetime take of $50–$200 million.His birth name is the Yiddish/Hebrew for Jacob ("Jake"), and like his more-famous older half-brother, Max Factor, he had trained at an early age in haircare; this led to his mob nickname, Jake the Barber.
He perpetrated a stock scam in 1926 England that netted $8 million, a substantial sum for the period. Some of his victims were English royalty. He fled to France, and executed another major scam, rigging the tables at the Monte Carlo casino, and breaking its bank. He then returned to the United States.
While in the United States, he was tried and sentenced in absentia in England, to 24 years in prison. He fought extradition all the way to the Supreme Court, but fearing he would lose, had himself "kidnapped" in 1933, and, when "found", accused another mobster, Roger Touhy, of abducting him. This started a "cold" gang war (allegedly including corrupt prosecutors), fought in criminal and civil courts, and the media.During this period, Factor was convicted for mail fraud, his take totaling $10 million. He served 10 years in prison, from 1939 to 1949.In 1955, Factor took over the Stardust Hotel, though he was probably a figurehead for other Chicago mob figures, such as Paul Ricca, Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, Murray Humphreys and Sam "Momo" Giancana. He sold the hotel for $7 million in 1962 or 1963. Factor became politically and philanthropically active, and was the largest donor to John Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign. In late 1962, after an investigation spearheaded by Robert Kennedy, Factor was scheduled to be deported, but received a presidential pardon.He was also involved in an attempt to bail out Jimmy Hoffa from his real-estate related financial problems.He lived his later years in Los Angeles, where he was a benefactor to the inner city.Joseph Stacher
Joseph Stacher (c. 1902 – 1977) (alias Doc Stacher, Joseph Rosen, Doc Harris el al) was a Jewish syndicate leader who helped bring together the Jewish and Italian Mafia into a national organized crime syndicate.Moe Sedway
Moe Sedway (1894–1952) was a Jewish-American businessman and mobster. He was an associate of Bugsy Siegel and a faithful lieutenant of organized crime czar Meyer Lansky. He and Gus Greenbaum made the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas very successful after Siegel's murder.Paul Ricca
Paul Ricca, nicknamed "the Waiter" (1897 – October 11, 1972), was a Chicago mobster who served as the nominal or de facto leader of the Chicago Outfit for 40 years.Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting
This Pulitzer Prize has been awarded since 1942 for a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, including United Nations correspondence. In its first six years (1942–1947), it was called the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting - International.Sam Battaglia
Salvatore Joseph Battaglia (November 5, 1908 – September 7, 1973) was an American mobster and high-level member of the Chicago Outfit criminal organization.Town of Midland
The Town of Midland was a local government area in the eastern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, centred on the suburb of Midland.Uta Nickel
Uta Nickel (born 19 July 1941) is one of the former finance ministers of East Germany.Vincent Alo
Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo (May 26, 1904 – March 9, 2001) was a New York mobster and a high-ranking capo in the Genovese crime family who set up casino operations with mob associate Meyer Lansky in Florida and Cuba.William Daddano Sr.
William Daddano Sr. (December 28, 1912 – September 9, 1975), also known as "William Russo" and "Willie Potatoes," was a top enforcer and loan shark for the Chicago Outfit and a participant in some high-profile robberies.William Jackson (gangster)
William Jackson, also known as Action Jackson (December 13, 1920 – August 11, 1961) was an enforcer and loan collector for the Chicago Outfit. He earned his nickname of "Action" because it was slang for "Juice Man", which meant debt-collector. He was tortured to death by his fellow gangsters, allegedly on suspicion that he had become an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).Willie Moretti
Guarino "Willie" Moretti, also known as Willie Moore (February 24, 1894 – October 4, 1951), was a notorious underboss of the Genovese crime family and a cousin of the family boss Frank Costello.