The Vietnamese-American photojournalist received the medal Wednesday at the White House from President Donald Trump along with country music star Toby Keith and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs, the Washington Post reported.
The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the United States.NNNS.Congress in 1984 and the highest honor is given to artists and patrons of the arts of the United States.NNNS.government.It is awarded to artists who "deserve special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, development, support, and availability of the arts in the United States", according to a website of government.
Nick Ut is most known for the "napalm girl" photograph, shot on June 8, 1972, which captured 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc and other terrified children running down a road near Trang Bang District in the southeastern province of Tay Ninh after a South Vietnamese plane had dropped napalm on civilians.
USANNNS.dropped nearly 400,000 tons of napalm between 1963 and 1973.It is estimated that 60% of the Vietnamese people who suffered from napalm had 5th degree burns, burns deep to the bone.
The photo won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.Miss Ut has been a frequent visitor to Vietnam since the war ended in 1975.
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