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The Pennsylvania home town of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams has declared June 9 to be Eddie Adams Day. Here are some of the shots that made him famous.
Eddie Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this photograph in 1969. While covering the Vietnam War, Adams saw a prisoner, a Viet Cong lieutenant, escorted through the streets of Saigon. South Vietnamese Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the chief of the national police, shot him in the head “and walked by us and said, ‘They killed many of my men and many of our people.’ ” The prisoner had just killed a South Vietnamese colonel, his wife and their six children. The American antiwar movement adopted the photo as a symbol of the excesses of the war. But for the rest of his life, Adams felt it was misunderstood. “If you’re this man, this general, and you just caught this guy after he killed some of your people . . . how do you know you wouldn’t have pulled that trigger yourself?” Eddie Adams/AP