(AP Photo/Henri Huet)
Like a snapshot from a nightmare, this. The picture comes from a harrowing retrospective set of picture on boston.com's The Big Picture called "Vietnam, 35 years later." The photographer, Henri Huet (right), son of a French father and a Vietnamese mother, had some five years of life left himself when he took it. He was killed in the same helicopter crash that killed Englishman Larry Burrows of LIFE magazine, American Kent Potter of UPI, and Keisaburo Shimamoto, a Japanese freelancer working for Newsweek, in February of 1971. The site of that crash was rediscovered in 1996 and was excavated by a search team from the US Joint Task Force Full Accounting (JTFFA). A ceremony was held at the Newseum in Washington in April, 2008 to finally inter the scant remains of Henri Huet and the other three photographers.
The set at The Big Picture is grim but fascinating, mixing familiar pictures with unknown and alternate views, including several shots surrounding Eddie Adams's well-known photograph of the execution of Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan.
(Thanks to Jeffrey Goggin)
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