Widener discovered that Martsen encountered gunfire and more soldiers after he left with the precious film and that he became lost trying to navigate back streets to find the Associated Press office. Martsen went to the U.S. embassy and handed over the film to a U.S. Marine at the entrance, and told the embassy to forward the film to the AP office.
“Kirk risked his life,” Widener says. “If not for all of his efforts, my pictures may never have been seen.”
The next day, the image appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world.