In this Aug. 14, 1966 file photo, U.S. Army soldier Ruediger Richter gazes aloft as a helicopter prepares to land to pick up the body of a fallen soldier killed by mortar fire in South Vietnam. Taken by an Army photographer and transmitted worldwide by The Associated Press, the image came to be known widely as “The Agony of War.” Richter, a native of Germany who joined the U.S. military after serving in the French Foreign Legion, was part of the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade at the time. He was severely wounded the following year and later developed addictions to alcohol and pain medications while struggling with an undiagnosed case of post-traumatic stress syndrome. After returning to Europe and living in Germany and Hungary with his second wife, Richter moved back to the United States a few years ago received medical care. He now lives in peace in a rural area near Columbus, Ga.
In this Aug. 14, 1966 file photo, U.S. Army soldier Ruediger Richter gazes aloft as a helicopter prepares to land to pick up the body of a fallen soldier killed by mortar fire in South Vietnam. Taken by an Army photographer and transmitted worldwide by The Associated Press, the image came to be known widely as “The Agony of War.” Richter, a native of Germany who joined the U.S. military after serving in the French Foreign Legion, was part of the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade at the time. He was severely wounded the following year and later developed addictions to alcohol and pain medications while struggling with an undiagnosed case of post-traumatic stress syndrome. After returning to Europe and living in Germany and Hungary with his second wife, Richter moved back to the United States a few years ago received medical care. He now lives in peace in a rural area near Columbus, Ga. The Associated Press
In this Aug. 14, 1966 file photo, U.S. Army soldier Ruediger Richter gazes aloft as a helicopter prepares to land to pick up the body of a fallen soldier killed by mortar fire in South Vietnam. Taken by an Army photographer and transmitted worldwide by The Associated Press, the image came to be known widely as “The Agony of War.” Richter, a native of Germany who joined the U.S. military after serving in the French Foreign Legion, was part of the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade at the time. He was severely wounded the following year and later developed addictions to alcohol and pain medications while struggling with an undiagnosed case of post-traumatic stress syndrome. After returning to Europe and living in Germany and Hungary with his second wife, Richter moved back to the United States a few years ago received medical care. He now lives in peace in a rural area near Columbus, Ga. The Associated Press

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