Ron Haeberle was taking photos for the U.S. Army newspaper in South Vietnam when he accompanied 3 platoons to raid “Viet Cong” villages.
Khe Sanh, 1968. For war critics and news correspondents, it was a miniature microcosm for the War in Vietnam itself: 6,000 US Marines forced to defend an isolated untenable location that the top brass believed to be indispensable, only to abandon it after hundreds of Americans were sacrificed in its defense. A young photographer took these harrowing images of the battle and he didn’t live to see them published.
In 1972, this picture of a nine-year-old girl, Kim Phuc, fleeing her village after a napalm attack brought the Vietnam War home to many. AP’s decision to publish the photo was controversial. Until then, there had never been images of naked children released by AP.
Between 1975 and 1992, around two million people (nearly four percent of the country’s population) fled Vietnam by boat to escape poverty, oppression, and war. Eddie Adams’ photos convinced the American government to allow 250,000 refugees to enter into the United States.