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Vietnam: The Real War

By Jane Hwang - 2013-10-08T14:55:40Z

Photograph by Nick Ut

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Burned children run screaming from an aerial napalm attack down Route 1 near Trang Bang, followed by soldiers of the South Vietnamese Army’s 25th Division, on June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane seeking Viet Cong hiding places had accidentally dropped its flaming weapon on civilians and government troops instead. Nine-year-old Kim Phuc (center) had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing.

"She was nine years old and she burned too much of her body. And her father kept contacting me in AP office. Every time I have assignment on Highway One, I stop by, see her family. Then they know me very well. The kids call me uncle. Even Kim Phuc, today she call me uncle. And I always worry about her. She like niece or my daughter.” — Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut, from an interview with Hal Buell, August 15, 1997, for the AP Corporate Archives Oral History Program. 

This photograph received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.