"In 1968 Catherine Leroy, one of the first female combat photographers of the Vietnam War era, surprised her North Vietnamese captors by photographing and interviewing them when they returned her cameras as they released her from detention. The photograph ended up on the cover of Life magazine."
Machinegun team huddles behind bushes in a hedgerow and returns the fire of North Vietnamese Army regulars in trenches and foxholes in Vietnam on March 13, 1967. Troops of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division battled for more than ten hours after two companies were caught in heavy crossfire of communist rifle and automatic weapons fire. (AP Photo/Hodierne)
US Marines fighting in Hue, near North Vietnam, during the Tet offensive. In January 1968, the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a large series of attacks in what came to be known as the Tet Offensive. In military terms it was a huge setback for North Vietnam and for the Viet Cong. But images of fierce fighting, killings, and specially the attempt on the US Embassy in Saigon, were contemplated with shock by the American public opinion, fueling a growing opposition to the war.
Sgt. Robert L. Howard carries a North Vietnamese Army POW to received medical treatment. Howard served five tours in Vietnam, commissioned as an officer in 1969, and earned the Medal of Honor. He retired as a colonel and passed away in December 2009. (Source: army.mil)
Catherine Leroy (1945 – 8 July 2006) was a French war photographer. In 1967, she was the first accredited journalist to participate in a combat parachute jump, joining the 173rd Airborne Brigade. In 1968, during the Tet Offensive, Leroy was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. She managed to talk her way out and emerged as the first newsperson to take photos of North Vietnamese Army Regulars behind their own lines. She also reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and other conflict…