The photograph is of a young Marine, shot through the chest, laid unconscious across a board and being evacuated atop a tank. It was taken by Army photographer John Olson during the bloody battle of Hue, the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the Vietnam War.
It is one of the most iconic photos in the history of war photography. It has come to represent survival, valor and an almost religious nobility in the face of overwhelming odds.
And it may all be a lie.
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