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The most influential photos always have a story attached to them. Napalm Girl, caught in a moment of desperation in , encapsulated the terror of the U. The legend of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the girl in question, was simple and gratifying to opponents of the war. A young girl, naked, runs screaming toward the camera in agony after a napalm attack incinerated her village, her clothes, and then her skin. That girl is Kim Phuc. She was 9 years old in when she was photographed, screaming in pain after a U.
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Skip to content. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. Behind them are soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division. Her picture was one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War: a girl running naked down a road, screaming in pain after a napalm attack.
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A censorship battle ensued. The picture, taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, has become an icon of conflict photography. The faces of collateral damage and friendly fire are generally not seen. This was not the case with nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc. On June 8, , Ut, who did not immediately return a request for comment Friday, was outside Trang Bang, about 25 miles northwest of Saigon, when the South Vietnamese air force mistakenly dropped a load of napalm on the village.
Anyone who who lived through the Vietnam War period remembers the girl in the picture. The picture captures a terrible moment, while also raising a poignant question -- a question Jane Pauley sets out to answer in our Cover Story:. It's an image seared into our consciousness still -- the horrors of war visited upon an innocent child.