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AP PHOTOS: 'Napalm Girl' photographer retires after 51 years

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/29/2017 By The Associated Press
FILE - This undated file photo shows Associated Press photographer Nick Ut in Vietnam. Ut will be retiring from the AP in March 2017 after 51 years of taking photographs from the front lines of the Vietnam War to the red carpets of Hollywood. (AP Photo) © The Associated Press FILE - This undated file photo shows Associated Press photographer Nick Ut in Vietnam. Ut will be retiring from the AP in March 2017 after 51 years of taking photographs from the front lines of the Vietnam War to the red carpets of Hollywood. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Associated Press photographer Nick Ut is retiring after 51 years of taking pictures from the front lines of the Vietnam War to the red carpets of Hollywood.

FILE - In this June 8, 1972 file photo taken by Huynh Cong "Nick' Ut, South Vietnamese forces follow terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places. After making the photo, he set aside his camera, gave the badly burned girl water, poured more on her wounds, then loaded her and others into his AP van to take them to a hospital. When doctors refused to admit her, saying she was too badly burned to be saved, he angrily flashed his press pass. The next day, he told them, pictures of her would be displayed all over the world, along with an explanation of how the hospital refused to help. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 8, 1972 file photo taken by Huynh Cong "Nick' Ut, South Vietnamese forces follow terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places. After making the photo, he set aside his camera, gave the badly burned girl water, poured more on her wounds, then loaded her and others into his AP van to take them to a hospital. When doctors refused to admit her, saying she was too badly burned to be saved, he angrily flashed his press pass. The next day, he told them, pictures of her would be displayed all over the world, along with an explanation of how the hospital refused to help. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Ut won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his photo of a burning little girl fleeing a napalm bomb attack on her village. His last day with the AP is Wednesday.

FILE - In this March 22, 1975 file photo, a refugee clutches a baby as a government helicopter gunship carries them away near Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, 235 miles northeast of Saigon. They were among thousands fleeing from Communist advances. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 22, 1975 file photo, a refugee clutches a baby as a government helicopter gunship carries them away near Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, 235 miles northeast of Saigon. They were among thousands fleeing from Communist advances. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Ut says his career took him "from hell to Hollywood" as he photographed everything from people killed in battle to celebrities getting stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

FILE - In this March 11, 1972 file photo, a South Vietnamese soldier holds his personal belongings in a plastic bag between his teeth as his unit crosses a muddy Mekong Delta stream in Vietnam near the Cambodian border. His unit was charged with stemming Communist infiltration from Cambodia into South Vietnam in the heavily populated Mekong Delta area. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 11, 1972 file photo, a South Vietnamese soldier holds his personal belongings in a plastic bag between his teeth as his unit crosses a muddy Mekong Delta stream in Vietnam near the Cambodian border. His unit was charged with stemming Communist infiltration from Cambodia into South Vietnam in the heavily populated Mekong Delta area. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Ut was 21 when he took the famous photo of Kim Phuc fleeing her burning village. After taking her picture, he rushed the terrified 9-year-old to a hospital. The two remain friends.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 23, 1976 file photo, Muhammad Ali throws a left punch at a sandbag during workout at a gym in Tokyo. Later in the week, the world heavyweight boxing champion met Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki in the world's Martial Arts Championship. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, June 23, 1976 file photo, Muhammad Ali throws a left punch at a sandbag during workout at a gym in Tokyo. Later in the week, the world heavyweight boxing champion met Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki in the world's Martial Arts Championship. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 1984 file photo, President Ronald Reagan points toward the crowd as he speaks during a rally at Pierce College in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. AP Photographer Nick Ut will be retiring from the AP in March 2017 after 51 years of taking photographs from the front lines of the Vietnam War to the red carpets of Hollywood. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 1984 file photo, President Ronald Reagan points toward the crowd as he speaks during a rally at Pierce College in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. AP Photographer Nick Ut will be retiring from the AP in March 2017 after 51 years of taking photographs from the front lines of the Vietnam War to the red carpets of Hollywood. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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FILE - In this April 6, 1982 file photo, screen legend Bette Davis smokes a cigarette at an awards presentation in her honor in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis was feted by the Film Advisory Board for her "outstanding contribution to the film and entertainment industry." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

FILE - In this April 6, 1982 file photo, screen legend Bette Davis smokes a cigarette at an awards presentation in her honor in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis was feted by the Film Advisory Board for her "outstanding contribution to the film and entertainment industry." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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