Vietnam War in Pulitzer-winning photographer captures heart-wrenching moments

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Nguyen Van Anh holds the famous photo named "Flee to safety" in which he is one of the characters. Photo: Hoang Trong
Kyoichi Sawada, a Japanese photographer with United Press International, received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his pictures of the Vietnam War.
One of these photographs was also named "World Press Photo of the Year" in 1965. “Flee to safety” shows two Vietnamese mothers and three children wading across a river at a rural village in Binh Dinh Province to escape a US bombing.
The three children in the photos are still alive. They are Nguyen Van Anh, 64, and his sister Nguyen Thi Kim Lien, 58, and Nguyen Thi Hue, a 52-year-old woman.
Tran Thi Ba, the mother of Anh and Lien, and Le Thi Dao, Hue’s mother, have passed away.
Sawada died together with Frank Frosch, UPI bureau chief, in 1970 on their way to the Kirirom Pass in Cambodia.
In 1989, his wife visited Loc Thuong Village, where Sawada shot the famous photo “Flee to safety” and gave Anh an album of his photos taken in Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia between 1954 and 1970.
The album includes heart-rending photos depicting Vietnamese people during the war from 1965-1970.
Below are some of the most memorable photos in this personal collection.
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Japanese photographer Kyoichi Sawada in Saigon, 1965
The famous photo "Flee to safety"
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The famous photo "Flee to safety"
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A Vietnamese woman at the gunpoint of a US soldier in Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh Province, on September 6, 1965.
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US soldiers shoo Vietnamese people out of a bomb-ruined house in Quy Nhon on September 6, 1965.
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Vietnamese women and children captured and cornered by US soldiers
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A street devastated by bombs on February 28, 1968
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A family evacuates to avoid bombings
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A US soldier carries a Vietnamese child out of a dangerous area
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Vietnamese children are taken to a forest near a beach in Da Nang during a US attack on October 25, 1967.
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A US soldier takes care of an injured Vietnamese boy.

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A mother and her two children taken to an empty land plot by US soldiers on May 18, 1967.

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Vietnamese people at a "strategic hamlet" in Ben Suc Village, Dau Tieng District, on January 14, 1967.

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Soldiers of the South Vietnamese regime during the Siege of Plei Me on October 22, 1965.

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A Vietnamese man (in white) arrested by US soldiers

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A Vietnamese man in Cha Lai, Quang Nam Province, arrested on August 20, 1965

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Two Vietnamese men prepared for execution by US soldiers

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A family mourns the death of a member, who died during a US bombing, at an unidentified location on September 11, 1966.

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US soldiers carry the death body of a fellow in Da Nang in 1966.

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US soldiers kill a Vietnamese man in Chu Lai, Quang Nam Province, in 1965.

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The streets of Saigon on June 19, 1966

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US soldiers in Quy Nhon, BInh Dinh Province, in 1965

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Vietnamese people in Phu My District, Binh Dinh Province, take shelter from bombings.

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A Vietnamese woman

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