Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action
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from the front at iwo jima march 5--
Then I remembered and added two words.
They looked great."
In 1965, Wisconsin native Georgette "Dickey" Chapelle became the first female American war correspondent to be killed in action. Now, "Dickey Chapelle Under Fire" shares her remarkable story and offers readers the chance to experience Dickey's wide-ranging photography, including several photographs taken during her final patrol in Vietnam.
Dickey Chapelle fought to be taken seriously as a war correspondent and broke down gender barriers for future generations of female journalists. She embedded herself with military units on front lines around the globe, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam. Dickey sometimes risked her life to tell the story--after smuggling aid to refugees fleeing Hungary, she spent almost two months in a Hungarian prison. For twenty-five years, Dickey's photographs graced the pages of "National Geographic," the "National Observer," "Life," and others. Her tenacity, courage, and compassion shine through in her work, highlighting the human impact of war while telling the bigger story beyond the battlefield.
In "Dickey Chapelle Under Fire," the American public can see the world through Dickey's lens for the first time in almost fifty years, with a foreword by Jackie Spinner, former war correspondent for "The Washington Post."
Communist propaganda, ca. 1961–62. This image originally appeared in National Geographic in 1962. National Geographic; WHi Image ID 115638 Vietnamese troops positioned in a stream and ready to attack, ca. 1961–62 WHi Image ID 115460 Villagers carry the body of fallen soldier, ca. 1961–62 WHi Image ID 115520 Captured Vietcong wait for interrogation, 1962 WHi Image ID 115477 South Vietnamese troops interrogate Vietcong, 1962 WHi Image ID 115474 A woman and child cross a log footbridge
a building destroyed by South Vietnamese Marines, 1962 WHi Image ID 86391 A lone helicopter flies over troops hauling cargo, 1965 WHi Image ID 115870 Vietnamese children play in the village of Binh Hung as a US helicopter flies overhead, ca. 1961–65 WHi Image ID 115612 Villagers look out from behind barbed wire, ca. 1961–65 WHi Image ID 115399 Vietnamese troops move through razor grass field, ca. 1961–65 WHi Image ID 115522 South Vietnamese troops operating a radio in the field, ca.
boy leading camel loaded with grain (1952), 52 Iranian women making bread with ingredients from US aid (1952), 55 Iraq, group of boys in school built with US aid (1952), 54 Jensen, Gwen, 23 Jordan Jordanian treason trial (1958), 57 King Hussein (1958), 48, 58 Lebanon, Chapelle in, 60 Lebanon, US Marines in (1958), 62 Marine smoking a cigarette, 72 soldier cleaning his rifle, 70 soldiers gather around a map, 71 US plane flies over the landscape, 73 Logan, Lara, 158 Lowery, Lew, 160
making. I first learned of Dickey Chapelle’s story in 1991 while reading Thomas Cutler’s Brown Water, Black Beret. I hadn’t expected to encounter the story of a female war correspondent working in the rivers and jungles of Vietnam, and I was surprised no one had made a movie about her life. So I did a little research. I discovered Dickey was a Wisconsin native; that her brother, Dr. Robert Meyer, was a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; and that an archive of her photographs and
California in January 1945 as the first female photographer accredited to the navy. Next she went to Guam, where she was assigned to the USS Samaritan, a hospital ship on its way to the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history. Once the ship arrived off the coast of the island, Dickey photographed the sailors, Marines, doctors, and nurses treating the stream of casualties. She was eventually granted permission to go onto the island, where she