Pulitzer Prize Photography: Saigon Execution

Saigon Execution

Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the South Vietnamese national police, firing his pistol into the head of a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, on a Saigon street during the Tet offensive on Feb. 1, 1968. (Eddie Adams/Associated Press)

The latest episode of the Newseum Podcast’s Pulitzer Prize Photos series looks at one of the most iconic – and brutal – photos to come out of the Vietnam War. AP photographer Eddie Adams famously captured the moment of execution of a Viet Cong prisoner by Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of South Vietnam’s national police. A combat photographer since the Korean War, Adams preferred to be remembered for his images of Vietnamese refugees after the war, but it was this harrowing image that earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1968.

You can see a camera bag designed by Adams, his field helmet, and a page from his diary reflecting on this photo in “Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war and explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

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Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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