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Surprising 7: Seven pictures that shocked the world

“The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera”

The most recognized photograph of the Vietnam War was shot by Eddie Adams (1933-2004), an Associated Press photographer. During the Korean War he served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat photographer and has covereda total of 13 wars in his life. At the beginning of 1968 the photographer joined one of the South Vietnamese patrol units, which were heading to Saigon.

Adams’ photograph capturing the moment just before the execution haunted the General for the rest of his life. Everywhere he went he was recognized and confronted. However, the picture did not reflect the whole truth: the arrested Viet Cong had previously murdered Loan’s colleague’s family of eight, because the policeman was unwilling to cooperate with the North Vietnamese.

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