Reaching Out was taken by photographer Larry Burrows. It was photographed for an essay that was run in the October 28, 1966 issue of the LIFE Magazine. Other photos that Larry Burrows took at the time when Reaching Out was taken were published in the October 28, 1966 edition; however Reaching Out was not published at that time, it was not published until five years later, in February 1971, that LIFE ran Reaching Out for the first time. I am still currently trying to figure out why they never published it with all the other pictures in the essay. Reaching Out was published in the article that was dedicated to Larry Burrows.
Larry Burrows was killed in a helicopter crash earlier in the month on the 10th of February in 1971. There were three others on the plane when it went down. Kent Cook (23), Keisaburo Shimamoto (34), and Henri Huet (43) were all photographers along with Larry Burrows. None of them survived. The helicopter was shot down in Laos. Larry was 44 when the helicopter was shot down. They found the human remains and they remain in a steel box underneath the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Reaching out captures A wounded Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie, the one with the rag around his head was moving to try to help comfort and try to help out a troubled friend after a firefight on a mud-splattered hill just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Vietnam, during the Vietnam. The man on the far left is Ron Cook; he was a19 year old Navy corpsman, or in other words a medic. He believes that the picture was taken early afternoon of October 5, 1966. In the picture it appears as if the other two people are holding Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie back from helping, but actually Ron Cook states that he was being braced by the other two men. To me, this photo shows courage, and fellowship.