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Horst Faas, A Fallen Legend

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    Horst Faas, a prizewinning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's distinguished photojournalists in nearly a half-century with the Associated Press, died on Thursday. He was 79. A native of Germany who joined the AP there in 1956, Mr. Faas photographed wars, revolutions, the Olympic Games, and events between. But he was best known for covering Vietnam, where he was severely wounded in 1967 and won four major photo awards, including the first of his two Pulitzer Prizes.

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    In this Jan. 9, 1964, file photo, one of several that earned Associated Press photographer Horst Faas the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a South Vietnamese soldier uses the end of a dagger to beat a farmer for allegedly supplying government troops with inaccurate information about the movement of Viet Cong guerrillas in a village west of Saigon.
    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    In this March 19, 1964, file photo, one of several that earned Horst Faas the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border.
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    In this January 1965 file photo taken by Horst Faas, the sun breaks through dense jungle foliage around the embattled town of Binh Gia, 40 miles east of Saigon, as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp, and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn'€™t come.

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    In this Horst Faas file photo from March 1965, hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine-gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh, northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border.
    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    A Vietnamese litter bearer wears a face mask to keep out the smell as he passes the bodies of U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers killed in fighting against the Viet Cong at the Michelin rubber plantation, about 45 miles northeast of Saigon. The Horst Faas file photo is from Nov. 27, 1965.
    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    In this December 1965 file photo by AP's Horst Faas, a U.S. 1st Division soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and school children return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat, Vietnam.

    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    In this Jan. 1, 1966, file photo by Horst Faas, women and children crouch in a muddy canal as they take cover from intense Viet Cong fire at Bao Trai, about 20 miles west of Saigon.
    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    Two South Vietnamese children gaze at an American paratrooper holding an M79 grenade launcher as they cling to their mothers who huddle against a canal bank for protection from Viet Cong sniper fire in the Bao Trai area, 20 miles west of Saigon. This Horst Faas file photo is from Jan. 1, 1966.
    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    In this April 1969 file photo by Faas, a South Vietnamese woman mourns over the body of her husband, found with 47 others in a mass grave near Hue, Vietnam.
    Photograph by Horst Faas/AP Photo
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    Newly independent Bangladesh guerrillas in Dacca use bayonets to torture and kill four men suspected of collaborating with Pakistani militiamen who had been accused of murder, rape, and looting during months of civil war. This file photo, from Dec. 18, 1971, was shot by Associated Press photographers Horst Faas and Michel Laurent and was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series.

    Photograph by Horst Faas and Michel Laurent/AP Photo