Wounded and captured by the enemy
During the Battle of Hill 881 North (so called because of its height in metres above sea level) Leroy captured some of her most iconic images of the Vietnam War. In a series of photos Leroy captures the moment that nineteen-year-old Navy Corpsman, Vernon Wike reaches a fallen marine during the battle. In one of the images, Wike places his head on the marine’s chest to listen for a heartbeat. Leroy’s photo appears to capture the moment that Wike realises that his comrade has died. In the next photo of the series, Wike’s expression is one of absolute anguish and despair.