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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

 

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Frank Filan, Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Earle Bunker, The Omaha World-Herald)

1945 – The flag raising at Iwo Jima

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Max Desfor, Associated Press)

1965 – South Vietnamese casualties after a firefight with the Vietcong

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Horst Faas, Associated Press)

1966 – Vietnamese refugees fleeing an attack

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Kyoichi Sawada, United Press International)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Eddie Adams, Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: David Hume, United Press International)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Nick Ut, Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: J. Ross Baughman, Associated Press)

1980 – Iranian Republican Guardsmen executing Kurdish rebels

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo, UPI)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Carol Guzy, The Washington Post)

2002 – B-52 contrails during bombing mission over Afghanistan

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: The New York Times)

2004 – Soldiers jumping into ditch in Iraq

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo – Cheryl Diaz Meyer and David Leeson, Dallas Morning News)

2004 – Soldiers taking Iraqi prisoner

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Cheryl Diaz Meyer and David Leeson, Dallas Morning News)

2004 – Iraqi schoolboy proclaims his freedom

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Cheryl Diaz Meyer and David Leeson, Dallas Morning News)

2005 – Marine taking an Iraqi insurgent prisoner in Fallujah

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(Photo: Associated Press)

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

21 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos that capture the essence of war
(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).

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