21 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photos That Capture The Essence Of War

These 21 images (shared with WATM courtesy of Lou Reda Productions) vividly capture the nature of war from a variety of angles. Each of them was awarded the Pulitzer prize for photography in the year indicated in the caption:

1944 – Aftermath of a flamethrower attack on Tarawa


(Photo: Frank Filan, Associated Press)


1944 – Lt. Col. Robert Moore, USA, returns to his family after fighting the Germans in North Africa


(Photo: Earle Bunker, The Omaha World-Herald)


1945 – The flag raising at Iwo Jima


(Photo: Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press)


1951 – Refugees fleeing across the Taedong River during the Chinese invasion of North Korea


(Photo: Max Desfor, Associated Press)


1965 – South Vietnamese casualties after a firefight with the Vietcong


(Photo: Horst Faas, Associated Press)


1966 – Vietnamese refugees fleeing an attack


(Photo: Kyoichi Sawada, United Press International)


1969 – Lt. Col. Nguyen Loan summarily executes a VC prisoner on the streets of Saigon


(Photo: Eddie Adams, Associated Press)


1972 – Marine on top of a war-torn hill after battle with NVA


(Photo: David Hume, United Press International)


1973 – Vietnamese children fleeing after napalm attack on Vietcong-held village


(Photo: Nick Ut, Associated Press)


1974 – Lt. Col Robert Stirm, USAF, returns to his family after 5 years as a POW in North Vietnam


(Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press)


1977 – Vietnam veteran and wounded warrior Eddie Robinson at Chattanooga Veterans Day parade


(Photo: Robin Hood, The Chattanooga News Free Press)


1978 – American mercenary, member of “Grey’s Scouts,” holds gun to the head of a Rhodesian prisoner


(Photo: J. Ross Baughman, Associated Press)


1980 – Iranian Republican Guardsmen executing Kurdish rebels


(Photo, UPI)


1995 – American Marine trying to keep Haitian rioters at bay during unrest


(Photo: Carol Guzy, The Washington Post)


2002 – B-52 contrails during bombing mission over Afghanistan


(Photo: The New York Times)


2004 – Soldiers jumping into ditch in Iraq


(Photo – Cheryl Diaz Meyer and David Leeson, Dallas Morning News)


2004 – Soldiers taking Iraqi prisoner


(Photo: Cheryl Diaz Meyer and David Leeson, Dallas Morning News)


2004 – Iraqi schoolboy proclaims his freedom


(Photo: Cheryl Diaz Meyer and David Leeson, Dallas Morning News)


2005 – Marine taking an Iraqi insurgent prisoner in Fallujah


(Photo: Associated Press)


2005 – Marines huddle over wounded comrade during fighting in Anbar Province


(Photo: Associated Press)


2006 – Katherine Cathey spends the night next to the casket of her fallen husband, 2nd Lt. James Cathey, USMC


(Photo: Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News)


These images and many other iconic shots can be found in Moments, The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs, A Visual Chronicle of Our Time (Hal Buell, Tess Press).