This searing, deeply sympathetic portrait of young men fighting for their lives is regarded as the single greatest photographic achievement to emerge from the war in Vietnam.
After standing outside the copter, giving the thumbs-up signal for take-off, Farley ducked into the belly door and took his place at a gun station. Twenty-five minutes later, Yankee Papa 13 picked up its cargo of troops. With nine South Vietnamese soldiers and Burrows aboard, the cabin of the copter was close and sweaty. “But there was a fine breeze aloft,” LIFE reported, “and for that all were grateful.”
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