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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 05:12 PM

Burnished in history: How an AP photo showed the cost of war

Burnished in history: How an AP photo showed the cost of war

By The Associated Press
February 12, 2018 12:29 pm

One of the most iconic photographs from the Vietnam War turns 50 this year. A soldier grimaces as he lies on the ground with a back injury. Not far away, a platoon sergeant raises his arms to the heavens, seemingly seeking divine help. Two of the men it immortalized remember the moment vividly.



Vietnam_War_Iconic_Photo_85145 FILE - This April 1968 file photo shows the first sergeant of A Company, 101st Airborne Division, guiding a medevac helicopter through the jungle foliage to pick up casualties suffered during a five-day patrol near Hue, April 1968. Two soldiers in the photo, Dallas Brown, bottom, and Tim Wintenburg, far right, recently reunited to talk to The Associated Press about the iconic photo and the war. (AP Photo/Art Greenspon, File)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Dallas Brown can still see the bullets coming for him 50 years later, smacking into the dirt at his feet as north Vietnamese soldiers fired on his platoon during an ambush deep in the jungle. ... Minutes later, as the deadly firefight wound down, Brown and his fellow soldiers in the 101st Airborne would be immortalized.

In one of the most searing images of the Vietnam War, Brown grimaces as he lies on the ground with a back injury. Not far away, a platoon sergeant raises his arms to the heavens, seemingly seeking divine help.

Landing on the front page of The New York Times, the black and white image by Associated Press freelancer Art Greenspon gave Americans back home an unflinching look at the conditions soldiers endured in what would become the war’s deadliest year. Captured on April 1, 1968, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and appeared prominently in Ken Burns’ recent Vietnam War documentary.

But for the young Americans who have decided to talk about it a half-century later, it was merely a moment in another sweltering day in a Southeast Asian jungle with well-hidden enemies all around. Some of them have spent years putting the experience in perspective.

{Picture from https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/Only-on-AP-Iconic-photo-showed-America-Vietnam-12606150.php}

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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 05:31 PM

1. I'm not the only who seems the likeness to Sgt. Elias's death in Platoon

I'd guess that was either Defoe or Oliver Stone who put that in the movie.

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