No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. --President Richard M. Nixon, 1985
President George H.W. Bush "When people think of historic events, they don't usually remember the words … they remember the images. One photo may not tell us the entire truth, but it gives us a piece of the truth … a glimpse of history, and that's important work."
Sudan Famine: 1994 This photo is the "Pulitzer Prize" winning photo depicting a famine stricken child crawling towards a United Nations food camp, located a kilometer (0.6 miles) away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, not even the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/lange/aa_lange_power_2_e.html Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange
The first flag raising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). Photo by Lou Lowery. 10AM, Feb. 23, 1945
Here's the second flag raising as seen in the the most reproduced photograph in the history of photography.
Of the six men depicted in the picture, three (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank) were killed during the battle; the three survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, and Ira Hayes) became celebrities upon their identification in the photo. The picture was later used by Felix de Weldon to sculpt the USMC War Memorial, located adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington, D.C.
"In that moment, Rosenthal's camera recorded the soul of a nation."...Editors of US Camera Magazine. "It was like shooting a football game. You never knew what you got on film."... Joe Rosenthal, Photographer
The Blunt Reality of War in Vietnam It was perhaps the most controversial cover for LIFE magazine, which usually steered clear of controversy. Paul Schutzers captured this image of a VietCong prisoner gagged and bound, being taken prisoner by American forces during the Vietnam War. Photography and news coverage like this helped to turn the American public against the Vietnam war.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phan_Th_Kim_Phúc - 32k The photo is known by at least 3 well known titles: Terror of War, Vietnam Napalm, and Children Fleeing an American Napalm Strike. All the titles invite multiple, different, and worthwhile interpretations of the image. #1
www.thewe.cc #2 This picture was shot by Eddie Adams who won the Pulitzer price with it.
worldsfamousphotos.com/.../kent-state-1970.jpg #3 John Filo's iconic Pulitzer Prize- winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year- old runaway, kneeling over the dead body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot by the National Guard.
This well-known photo taken by Hubert van Es shows South Vietnamese civilians scrambling to board a CIA Air America helicopter during the U.S. evacuation of Saigon. http://www.vapoliticalblogs.com/2007/12/18/page/2/ #9 Fall of Saigon-April 28, 1975 -US pleaded for time The Saddest Occurrence –President Gerald Ford
Insure that all 400 Americans in the Embassy compound are evacuated in this operation ASAP. 6,500 Americans and South Vietnamese officials were evacuated.
http://www.vn-agentorange.org/VanityFair_200608s.html Cam Lo, Quang Tri Province. Phan Thi Hoi bathes her 14-year-old son, Bui Quang Ky. She was exposed to Agent Orange when she was in the North Vietnamese Army during the war. # #10