In this June 8, 1972, photo taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, a South Vietnamese plane drops a napalm bomb over Trang Bang village, which had been occupied by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. Ut was only 21, but he was already a seasoned war photographer when he arrived at the village as it was being bombed. It was there that he took these photos -- one of which has come to define the Vietnam War. The photos are in chronological order.
Smoke from a napalm bomb rises over a Trang Bang church.
As bombs drop in Trang Bang, soldiers and members of the international media watch the scene in the foreground.
The aerial attack was intended for enemy forces on the outskirts of the village, but it accidentally hit South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. Here, a man and woman carry injured children down the road following the bombing.
Women carry severely burned children down the road after the attack.
An anguished woman carries her napalm-burned child.
More injured people walk down the road.
Ut also photographed terrified children running from the site of the attack. Nine-year-old Kim Phuc, center, ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The powerful photograph, which won Ut a Pulitzer Prize, communicated the horrors of the war and contributed to the growing anti-war sentiment in the United States. Seven months later, the Paris Peace Accords were signed.
After taking the children's photograph, Ut took them to a hospital.
A South Vietnamese soldier crouches beside his friend who suffered severe napalm burns.
Injured civilians and soldiers flee from the site of the attack.
Television crews and South Vietnamese troops surround Phuc.