Vietnam War photos still powerful nearly 50 years later

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By Matt Nighswander

Photographers with The Associated Press were responsible for many, if not most, of the iconic images of the Vietnam War, from Nick Ut's picture of a young girl fleeing a napalm attack to Eddie Adams' shocking picture of the execution of a suspected Viet Cong prisoner. These images are still powerful nearly half a century later and a new book and exhibition, "Vietnam: The Real War, A Photographic History by the Associated Press," includes these and other well-known images. But a photograph can sometimes have its most visceral impact on its first viewing and there are many pictures in the collection that still retain the sting of the unfamiliar. We have a small selection here of pictures you may or may not recall that represent some of the courageous efforts of photojournalists in a war whose scars are still felt today. 

GRAPHIC WARNING: Contains images which some viewers may find disturbing. 

Medic Thomas Cole of Richmond, Virginia, looks up with his one unbandaged eye as he continues to treat wounded S.Sgt. Harrison Pell of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, during a firefight, January 30, 1966. The men belonged to the 1st Cavalry Division, which was engaged in a battle at An Thi, in the Central Highlands, against combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. This photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine, February 11, 1966, and photographer Henri Huet's coverage of An Thi received the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club. Huet was killed in 1971 when the helicopter he was traveling in with several other photographers was shot down over Laos.Henri Huet / AP

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