April 2019 marks the 44th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
More than 3 million people died in the two decades the US fought there, including some 58,000 US troops.
In 1954, the US entered a messy war to support South Vietnam against the communist regime in North Vietnam and its allies in southern Vietnam, known as the Viet Cong.
The two-decade long war claimed the lives of more than 3 million people, with the majority of the casualties being Vietnamese civilians.
In honor of the 44th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, here are some of the most gripping and recognizable photos from the conflict.
Editors note: Some of the following images are graphic in nature and may be disturbing to viewers.
In what might be the most enduring image from the war, a South Vietnamese general executes a suspected Viet Cong fighter in Saigon. The image won a Pulitzer Prize, but the photographer, Eddie Adams, dealt with an enduring sense of guilt over the photo.
In another of the war’s most iconic photos, a 9-year-old girl is seen running naked from a napalm attack. This photo, by photographer Nick Ut, also won a Pulitzer Prize.
Source: Associated Press
In this photo, US paratroopers launch themselves into the largest ground-air assault in the war.
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