Max Desfor requested voluntarily to cover the Korean War. In October 1950, he received the special permission to join the 187th Regimental Combat Team. By December 1950, the UN troops were losing as the Communist China came to the aid of the North Korean Army. As Max and the military were retreating from Pyong-Yang, so were many Koreans who feared the reprisals.
At one bridge on the Taedong River, they came across refugees clinging to the twisted girders of a destroyed bridge as they tried to cross the river. The girders were still intact and connecting, so the people used these metallic supports to get to their destination. Some were half-frozen. Some plunged into the icy river. His fingers numbing from cold, Desfor took only a few shots from the high vantage point on ‘our side of the bridge’, and transmitted from Tokyo AP Bureau on December 5th 1950. The next year, it won the Pulitzer Prize.