This is French combat photographer Catherine Leroy, photographed before taking off with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. At the age of 21, in 1966, boarded a plane to Laos en route to the battlefields of Vietnam. Armed only with her camera, her wits and $100 in her pocket she had the ambition to become a world renown combat photographer.
During the time she covered the Vietnam War she shot some of the most iconic and brutal photographs to come out of the country. She was also wounded by shrapnel while covering a US Marine unit in the DMZ, only having been saved by her Nikon camera. In 1968 during the Tet Offensive she was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), and during her time of imprisonment she talked the NVA into being photographed.
She left the war with post-traumatic stress but kept covering war zones from Norther Ireland, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and more. She died in 2006.
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