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 Larry Burrows

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Larry Burrows

  • Birth 29 May 1926 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 10 Feb 1971 Laos
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Newseum
  • Memorial ID 33538369

Larry Burrows was an English photographer best known for his pictures of the Vietnam War. Burrows left school at age 16 and took a job in Life magazine's London bureau, where he printed photographs. He became a photographer and covered the war in Vietnam from 1962 until his death in 1971. Burrows died with fellow photojournalists Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto, when their helicopter was shot down over Laos. In 2002, Burrows' posthumous book "Vietnam" was awarded the Prix Nadar award. On April 3–4, 2008, the scant remains of Burrows and fellow photographers Heut, Potter and Shimamoto were honored and interred at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., along with seven South Vietnamese also killed in the February 10, 1971 shootdown by a North Vietnamese 37 mm anti-aircraft gun defending the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Speakers included Richard Pyle, Saigon bureau chief of The Associated Press in Saigon at the time of the crash, and Horst Faas, former AP Saigon photo chief, who were co-authors of "Lost Over Laos": A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery and Friendship, published by Da Capo Press in 2003 and re-released in paperback in 2004. The book recounts the story of how Pyle helped the Hawaii-based Pentagon unit responsible for searching for American soldiers missing in action in Indochina and elsewhere locate the long-lost Laos crash site in 1996. Pyle and Faas were present when the organization, the US Joint Task Force Full Accounting (JTFFA), excavated the site in March 1998. In late 2002, the search unit, renamed the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), declared the case closed on grounds of "circumstantial group identification". After bureaucratic complications blocked efforts to bury the group remains on official grounds, the Newseum agreed to accept them and arranged in 2006 for their acquisition from JPAC. The ceremony on April 3, 2008, which preceded the Newseum's own official opening by a week, was attended by more than 100 guests including relatives of Burrows, Huet and Potter, and many former Vietnam war colleagues. Speakers in addition to Pyle and Faas included Newseum president Peter Pritchard and AP president Tom Curley, and Burrows' son Russell spoke for the families.


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  • Created by: Lorenzo Brieba
  • Added: 4 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33538369
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Larry Burrows (29 May 1926–10 Feb 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33538369, citing Newseum Journalist Memorial, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Lorenzo Brieba (contributor 47080176) .