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    A grief stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea. August 28, 1950. Sfc. Al Chang. (Army)
    NARA FILE # 080-SC-347803
    WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 1459

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    U.S. Army Korea - Installation Management Command

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    1. jenna_repula 119 months ago | reply

      That was so sad.

    2. amuck talk [deleted] 119 months ago | reply

      I almost cried while I searching this website carefully and as one of Korean I always thanks for your sacrifies for unknown country until that time 1950. I really appreciated many of soldiers, Americans and the other member of UN soldiers while we suffered one of most terrible war in the world in the 20centuries.

      Blessings you and your descendants and your countries forever.

    3. ijustknowyou 119 months ago | reply

      Thanks American~!!
      Now I am living in Korea~ because of you~!!

    4. Licinia Crassa 119 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful, touching, and terribly sad photograph. I think it is made even more poignant by the corpsman in the background quietly getting on with his work.

    5. Ray maï 118 months ago | reply

      Well, I think that 's the best picture I've on flickr.

      Emotion is so strong, i've no word... that is true photography.

    6. groovymini 114 months ago | reply

      From my mom's cousin (Larry Harris) to me (regarding this photo):

      "...Meanwhile here's a blurb just off the top of my head on Eugene Harris, your grandmother's brother (my uncle).
      The attached photo was taken in Sep 1950 during the opening days of the Korean War by Al Chang, U.S. Signal Corps. It was published in The Family of Man, p.149, a photo exhibition for the New York Museum of Modern Art. The photo is particularly unusual in that it depicts one man comforting another. We (have now confirmed that ) this is a photo of Eugene. He was dead in combat only a few days later. His daughter, Lynda Anderson, tracked down the photographer only to learn that the photographer never documented the individuals in the picture. The dates, though, match precisely with the correct locations. This image was chosen by the Red Cross to be struck on the reverse of their 50th Anniversary medallion coins. (I have found a posting on the Korean War Project from Jim Cannioto's buddy that he was looking for any info on Eugene harris - this is the first time that someone outside the family confirmed this was, in fact, Eugene!)
      Eugene Sallee Harris b. 15 Aug 1918, Clinton MS. d. Sep 1950, Korea. He was an unusually large man (thyroid disorder?) He had persistent discipline and academic problems (dyslexia? ADD? ADHD?) for which his exasperated parents eventually sent him for electric shock treatments. Eugene & my father, Lawrence, would generally defend the younger and smaller brother, Richard, against bullies at school. Eugene was very intelligent, but he just had problems with schoolwork. He eventually found a home in the Army. He could learn a job, do it well, & get promoted - but then he'd get into a fight and get busted back to Private. At the outbreak of the Korean War he was a Mortician (based in Japan?). The U.S. took warm bodies from wherever they could and sent them to block the Communist invasion while organized combat units coud be assembled ant transported to the war front. They gave Eugene a rifle and shipped him to the war. He was dead a short time later - a large man, a choice target for a ChiCom looking for something to shoot at."
      The others in the photo are Jim Cannioto (medic , his memorial is in Penfield, NY with this photo), and James Patrick Maguire 24th Div is the one my great uncle is holding.
      Such an emotional image - I enlarged this photo and had it on the side of my Mini Coopoer in this past weekend's Rowayton Parade (2009)

    7. (deaf mute) 109 months ago | reply

      Very powerful. Kind of makes 'Happy Bokeh Wednesday' seem like some sort of sick joke.
      --
      Seen in a discussion of the group "Spotlight Seven" (?)

    8. misty rate [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

      Touching photograph but I wanted to comment on the wording. If there is a Corpsman in the background, then these men are likely Marines...not soldiers.

    9. SpiritiEagle 79 months ago | reply

      I miss you grandpa

    10. uglyasshoe 61 months ago | reply

      Hey there can anyone please help me ?! maybe im not used to flickr but does anybody know who the photographer was?! it would help me out im doing different genres of photography and now its topic is war and this image encapsulates war beautifully in a tragic way thanks so much :)

    11. uglyasshoe 61 months ago | reply

      heyya does anybody know the name of the photographer?! it would help me out so so so much :) im doing different genres of photography and the topic is war and i just thought this image encapsaltes war perfectly thanks so much :) x

    12. ~Slávka~ 11 months ago | reply

      Very moving photo.

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