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Photojournalist Duncan to be honored by U.S. Marines in opening ceremony of his new exhibit on UT Austin campus

Combat photographer David Douglas Duncan, one of America’s greatest photojournalists whose images of World War II, the Vietnam War and other battlefield photos have won international recognition, will be honored by the United States Marine Corps at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 6) at The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Combat photographer David Douglas Duncan, one of America’s greatest photojournalists whose images of World War II, the Vietnam War and other battlefield photos have won international recognition, will be honored by the United States Marine Corps at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 6) at The University of Texas at Austin campus.

The Marine ceremony at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum will recognize Duncan for his excellence and bravery in combat photography.

Duncan, whose early works in the 1930s included a photograph of a fleeing John Dillinger, has captured some of the most memorable images of the 20th Century. As a lieutenant in the Marine Corps during World War II, he captured the faces of soldiers in the South Pacific and Bouganville and the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. He joined the Marines again as a civilian in Korea and Vietnam, producing some of the most vivid pictures of war ever taken.

One of his most famous photographs showing the haunting blank stare of a Marine during the Vietnam War is the cover photograph for the March 8, 1999, issue of Newsweek, which focuses on Americans at war.

The grand opening of Duncan’s first retrospective exhibit in the United States will be held Saturday (March 6). It is sponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. It will be held in conjunction with UT Interactive, a campus-wide open house from noon until 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact Laura Tuma at (512) 471-3151.