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Barely two months after her parachute jump in Vietnam with the men from the 173rd US Airborne during “Operation Junction City”, Catherine Leroy became involved
in the battle for Hill 881 near Danang. That May 1967, her dramatic pictures of Navy medic Vernon Wike attending a mortally injured Marine appeared as a Paris
Match
cover story.
Ten months later, in February 1968, she went on to make Life’s cover and an inside story with her photographs and, rare feat, her words, about being briefly retained
prisoner by North Vietnamese soldiers in Hué,during the Têt Offensive.
Leroy’s two most famous reportages in Vietnam are still regularly published today in the press and in books.