I am doing the research on the circumstances and background that leg to the historical moment captured by the photo. I have been looking up how this even got captured on the film, and why it wasn’t published in the magazine with all of the other pictures in the LIFE magazine. I also found that this picture is called “South of DMZ.” I also found what looks like the original picture. The reason why this photograph was taken was because 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. This picture was taken at a medical station, where the wounded man was being treated before air flight. I am still researching and trying to figure out why it wasn’t published with all the other pictures, but there was one picture that was very similar to the “Reaching Out” photo. If I had to guess on why it wasn’t posted, I would say because it looks very tragic and messy. They might have not wanted people to see how bad the war really was over there.
http://timelifeblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/post_117498218.jpg (Link to original photo)