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Burst of Joy, 1973

After spending more than five years in a North Vietnamese camp, Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Sturm reunited with his family at Travis AFB on March 13, 1973. Burst of Joy is a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by Associated Press photographer Slava. Years" Vader. The picture marks the end of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, and the prevailing sentiment that military personnel and their families can begin the process of healing once they have endured the horrors of war.
Prisoners of war freed from prison camps in North Vietnam land at Travis Air Force Base in California. Although there were only 20 PWs on the plane, around 400 family members arrived to return home. Vader was part of the big press show and recalls that: "You could feel the energy and raw emotion in the air". In the photo, United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Sturm is shown reuniting with his family after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. The centerpiece of the photo is Sturm's 15-year-old daughter, Laurie, who is enthusiastically greeting her father with outstretched arms, as the rest of the family follows directly behind her.