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May 11, 2012
Legendary photojournalist Horst Faas dies

father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. Survivors huddle together after an attack by government troops. A dead U.S. soldier, covered by a sheet, lies on the battlefield in Vietnam.

Horst Faas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with the AP, captured these images during the Vietnam War. Faas died Thursday in Munich at age 79, his daughter said.

Here's a look at some of the powerful photographs by Faas. 

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In this March 1965 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh, Vietnam, northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press, died Thursday May 10, 2012. He was 79. AP / Horst Faas

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In this Jan. 26, 1961 file photo, scores of eager hands reach towards the Congolese official who distributes small rations of dried fish and palm oil to people at the hospital in Miabi, South Kasai, Congo. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Jan. 26, 1961 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a sick and hungry Baluba child is photographed at the Miabi Hospital in South Kasai, Congo. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Nov. 28, 1961 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, boys belonging to the Katangese Youth Movement, wearing improvised uniforms of their own design, drill with homemade wooden rifles in the native quarter of Elisabethville, Congo. AP / Horst Faas
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In this May 4, 1962 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a boy carries a toy rifle as he walks with his mother past French soldiers in battle gear at the Bastille Palace in Oran, Algeria. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Aug. 1962 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, South Vietnamese government troops from the 2nd Battalion of the 36th Infantry sleep in a U.S. Navy troop carrier on their way back to the Provincial capital of Ca Mau, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Jan. 9, 1964 file photo one of several shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, earning him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a South Vietnamese soldier uses the end of a dagger to beat a farmer for allegedly supplying government troops with inaccurate information about the movement of Viet Cong guerrillas in a village west of Saigon, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this March 19, 1964 file photo, one of several shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas which earned him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border. AP / Horst Faas
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In this January 1965 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, the sun breaks through dense jungle foliage around the embattled town of Binh Gia, 40 miles east of Saigon, as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come. AP / Horst Faas
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In this March 30, 1965 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, injured Vietnamese receive aid as they lie on the street after a bomb explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this June 1965 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, South Vietnamese civilians, among the few survivors of two days of heavy fighting, huddle together in the aftermath of an attack by government troops to retake the post at Dong Xoai, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Nov. 27, 1965 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a Vietnamese litter bearer wears a face mask to keep out the smell as he passes the bodies of U.S. and Vietnamese soildiers killed in fighting against the Viet Cong at the Michelin rubber plantation, about 45 miles northeast of Saigon. AP / Horst Faas
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In this December 1965 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a U.S. 1st Division soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and school children return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Jan. 1, 1966 file photo, two South Vietnamese children gaze at an American paratrooper holding an M79 grenade launcher as they cling to their mothers who huddle against a canal bank for protection from Viet Cong sniper fire in the Bao Trai area, 20 miles west of Saigon, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Jan. 1, 1966 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, women and children crouch in a muddy canal as they take cover from intense Viet Cong fire at Bao Trai, about 20 miles west of Saigon, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this Jan. 16, 1966 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, Lt. Col. George Eyster of Florida is placed on a stretcher after being shot by a Viet Cong sniper at Trung Lap, South Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this July 15, 1966 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, U.S. Marines scatter as a CH-46 helicopter burns, background, after it was shot down near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this April 1969 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a South Vietnamese woman mourns over the body of her husband, found with 47 others in a mass grave near Hue, Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this April 2, 1967 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, wounded U.S. soldiers are treated on a battle field in Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this April 2, 1967 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a dead U.S. soldier lays on the battlefield with a sheet over him in Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In these Dec. 18, 1971 file photos shot by Associated Press photographers Horst Faas and Michel Laurent, part of a Pulitzer prize winning series taken in newly independent Bangladesh, (left) a guerilla leader beats a victim and (right) guerrillas in Dacca use bayonets to torture and kill four men suspected of collaborating with Pakistani militiamen who had been accused of murder, rape and looting during months of civil war. AP / Horst Faas
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In this March 1973 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, American prisoners of war look through barred wooden doors at the last detention camp at Ly Nam De Street in Hanoi, North Vietnam. AP / Horst Faas
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In this June 14, 1974 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, Presidents Anwar Sadat and Richard Nixon shake hands for photographers as they pose in front of the pyramids at Giza, near Cairo. AP / Horst Faas
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In this October 1974 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, Muhammad Ali works out before his bout against George Foreman in Zaire. AP / Horst Faas
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In this May 11, 1965 file photo, Associated Press photographer Horst Faas tries to get back on a U.S. helicopter after a day out with Vietnamese rangers in a flooded plain of reeds. AP / Uncredited
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In this undated file photo, Associated Press photographer Horst Faas is shown on assignment with soldiers in South Vietnam. AP /
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Left: In this May 1968 file photo, Horst Faas, then Associated Press Saigon bureau photo chief, is pictured with his camera during the Second Offensive in Saigon, Vietnam. Right: In this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005 file photo, two time Pulitzer winner, Horst Faas poses in the exhibition "Visible War" in Hanover, Germany. AP / Eddie Adams (left), Jockel Finck (right)

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