General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon  

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General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon[1] is a photograph taken by American photographer Eddie Adams when he was covering the Vietnam War for the Associated Press in on February 1, 1968.

This photo of police chief General Nguyen Ngoc Loan aiming a pistol point-blank at the grimacing Vietcong prisoner's head became a iconic photograph of the Vietnam War. The photograph, by Eddie Adams, won a Pulitzer Prize for The Associated Press.

Nguyễn Văn Lém was a member of the Viet Cong who was summarily executed on a Saigon street during the Tet Offensive. The execution was captured on film by photojournalist Eddie Adams, and the momentous image became a symbol of the hostility of war. The execution was explained at the time as being the consequence of Lém's suspected guerrilla activity and war crimes, and otherwise due to a general "wartime mentality."

The photograph was featured on the cover of London Oz, issue 10, March 1968.

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