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Horst Faas, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, sits in front of his images at the International Festival of Photojournalism in September 2008.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP

Associated Press photographer Horst Faas is shown on assignment with soldiers in South Vietnam.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Faas captures hovering U.S. Army helicopters pouring machine gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp near the Cambodian border in March 1965.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS / Associated Press

In a Faas photo, women and children crouch in a muddy canal as they take cover from intense Viet Cong fire on Jan. 1, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS / Associated Press

U.S. Marines scatter as a CH-46 helicopter burns, background, after it was shot down near the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam on July 15, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS / AP

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 in January 1965.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / AP

On Nov. 27, 1965, a Vietnamese litter bearer wears a face mask to keep out the smell as he passes the bodies of U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers killed in fighting against the Viet Cong at the Michelin rubber plantation about 45 miles northeast of Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

Injured Vietnamese receive aid as they lie on the street after a bomb explosion outside the U.S. Embassy on March 30, 1965.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

In one of several photos that earned Faas 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 on March 19, 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS / Associated Press

A U.S. soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and schoolchildren return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat in December 1965.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

South Vietnamese civilians, among the few survivors of two days of heavy fighting, huddle together in the aftermath of an attack by government troops in June 1965.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

U.S. prisoners of war look through barred wooden doors at the last detention camp in March 1973.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

A South Vietnamese woman mourns over the body of her husband, found with 47 others in a mass grave in April 1969.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS / Associated Press

In this Jan. 9, 1964, Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, 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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

A wounded U.S. soldier is given water on a battlefield on April 2, 1967.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

A dead U.S. soldier is covered with a sheet on the battlefield in April 1967.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horst Faas / Associated Press

Part of a Pulitzer prize-winning series by Faas and Michel Laurent, a guerrilla leader beats a victim on Dec. 18, 1971, during the torture and execution of four men suspected of collaborating with Pakistani militiamen accused of murder, rape and looting during months of civil war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS, MICHEL LAURENT / Associated Press

Another photo in the award-winning series captures newly independent Bangladesh guerrillas using bayonets to torture and kill the four suspects.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST FAAS, MICHEL LAURENT / Associated Press

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As chief of photo operations for the Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas didn’t just cover the fighting — he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers.

The result was “Horst’s army” of young photographers, who fanned out with Faas-supplied cameras and film and stern orders to “come back with good pictures.”

He and his editors chose the best and put together a steady flow of telling photos — South Vietnam’s soldiers fighting and its civilians struggling to survive amid the maelstrom.

Faas, a Pulitzer 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 AP, died Thursday in Munich, said his daughter, Clare Faas. He was 79.

–Associated Press

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