Ut’s photos capture the agony and horror of war, but none more poignantly than the, “Terror of War,” which graphically demonstrates the impact of battle on men, women and children, and in this case most particularly, a 9-year old girl by the name of Phan Thi Kim Phuc.
The photo, taken on June 8, 1972, often referred to as “Napalm Girl,” was captured by Ut just as the Mekong Delta, Trang Bang Vietnam area was being bombed with napalm.
Kim Phuc, was running down Highway 1 from the small village in the Mekong Delta, right towards Ut and fellow photojournalists.
There were women carrying babies and other school-aged children running toward Ut, but 9-year old Kim Phuc was naked, running and screaming, “Too hot! Too hot!”
Ut saw Kim Phuc and realized that she had been burned by the napalm to the point of criticality.
He and other photojournalists poured water on Kim Phuc to ease her pain. Ut knew that if he didn’t get this little girl to a hospital quickly she would die from her injuries.
Kim Phuc and Nick Ut moments after "Terror of War" was taken.
He picked her up and along with others they went to the closest hospital for help.