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LIFE Behind the Picture: Larry Burrows’ ‘Reaching Out,’ 1966
Life Magazine ^ | Ben Cosgrove

Posted on 01/25/2013 11:06:36 AM PST by AtlasStalled

In October 1966, on a mud-splattered hill just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Vietnam, LIFE magazine’s Larry Burrows made a photograph that, for generations, has served as the most indelible, searing illustration of the horrors inherent in that long, divisive war — and, by implication, in all wars. In Burrows’ photo, nowadays commonly known as Reaching Out, an injured Marine — Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie, a blood-stained bandage tied around his head — appears to be inexorably drawn to a stricken comrade. Here, in one astonishing frame, we witness tenderness and terror, desolation and fellowship — and, perhaps above all, we encounter the power of a simple human gesture to transform, if only for a moment, an utterly inhuman landscape.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Military/Veterans

1 posted on 01/25/2013 11:06:41 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

Too bad that the media and politicians decided not to let US win that war.

2 posted on 01/25/2013 11:16:42 AM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug
Too bad that the media and politicians decided not to let US win that war.

We live in Bizarro World... One of the people, who later became a politician, was instrumental in painting American soldiers as murderous animals... And he's been picked to be the next Secretary of State.

It's really sad to watch the dismantling and destruction of the best and greatest hope for liberty the world has ever seen.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 12:14:23 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

Sickening, actually...

4 posted on 01/25/2013 12:34:07 PM PST by gibsosa
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