This picture was made in December 1989 during the third day of the U.S. invasion of Panama, and shows U.S. Army Sergeant Raymond Cabacar trying to protect civilians during a gun battle with the Panama Defense Force at the Panama Traffic Directorate. The firefight lasted for most of the afternoon. I was there taking photos and next to me were around 18 civilians that were caught in the crossfire. Several civilians were killed and Sergeant Cabacar was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his actions that day.
The invasion of Panama, in which the U.S. successfully ousted military dictator Manuel Noriega – who later returned to Panama, albeit to jail and not to power – was a pivotal moment in the Panama’s history, and yet remains largely forgotten in the United States.
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