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Photo of the Month
March 2014
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IN THE WAKE OF WAR TRAGEDY, AN EMOTIONAL HUG AND PULITZER PRIZE NOMINATION -- In a poignant embrace, Vietnam War veteran Perron Leroy "Perry" Shinneman reunites with his wife Shirley upon his return home to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The image clearly shows that one of Perry’s legs is missing, with his crutch fallen to the airport tarmac. As a lance corporal in the U.S. Marines, in action against Viet Cong in April 1966, his limb was destroyed when stepping on an enemy booby trap seven miles south of DaNang. 

Taken at Perry’s home-coming four months later by photographer Ray Mews, of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the photo was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and became an icon for anti-war sentiment around the world. It was reproduced in the landmark 1996 book A Celebration of One Hundred Years of Pictures, a New York Times publication.

The son of Theodore "Leslie" and Rosella "Mae" (Froby) Shinneman, and grandson of New Mexico pioneers John and Sarah Etta (Dillow) Shinneman, Perry later told news reporters that he was uncomfortable with all of the resulting fame, as he believed he was just "one of the guys." More >>>



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