As we honor those who have served this Veterans Day, let's also remember the photojournalists who risked their lives to document the wars they served in. Below are some well-known images from a collection that LIFE.com has put together.
W. Eugene Smith / TIME & LIFE Pictures
This Eugene Smith picture -- of Marines taking cover on an Iwo Jima hillside as a Japanese bunker is obliterated -- captures the cataclysmic destruction inherent in war perhaps more perfectly than any other single image ever published in LIFE.
Marie Hansen/TIME & LIFE Pictures
Marie Hansen's striking 1942 striking photograph of Women's Auxiliary Army Corps members, commonly known as WAACs, donning gas masks at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, illustrates enduring themes from the war: fear, courage, and -- in an unsubtle message to the country as a whole -- the power of unity in the face of an unknown threat. The WAACs were famously praised by General Douglas MacArthur, who called them "my best soldiers."
Larry Burrows/Time & Life Pictures
This starkly gorgeous Larry Burrows photo, taken in Khe Sanh, laid bare the vulnerability of our troops, who were facing what was shaping up to be the biggest battle of the Vietnam War. Six thousand Marines were dug in at the isolated plateau -- a fraction of the 40,000-man force steadily advancing upon them. The ammunition and supplies being delivered by this 1st Air Cavalry Skycrane helicopter were badly needed. But the unanswered question seems to hang in the air with the chopper: Will it be enough?
See more images on LIFE.com's gallery: 50 Photos That Brought the War Home
For me personally, I'll be remembering a friend and colleague, Chris Hondros, a modern-day war photographer, killed on April 20, 2011 covering the war in Libya. Tim Hetherington, another colleague, photographer and filmmaker, was also killed in the same incident.
- Slideshow of images by Chris Hondros.
- Behind the Lens: A video interview with Chris Hondros
- Slideshow: Through a Humvee Window, photos by Chris Hondros
- More photos and an interview with Tim Hetherington on PhotoBlog
- More photos by Chris Hondros and previous pieces on PhotoBlog
- Chris Hondros fund
- Tim Hetherington's memorial website
What do you think are the most memorable war photographs or war photographers?