When mortar shell shrapnel exploded from a booby trap that hit Marines close to Chu Lai, Vietnam, a combat photographer was near the front.
A civilian buried with full military honors, Wisconsin native Georgette “Dickey” Chapelle was the first female war correspondent to die in combat.
Recently she was celebrated with the title of honorary Marine at the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association banquet in San Diego. In October 2016, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller approved the title for the award-winning war correspondent.
She was a five-foot-tall trailblazer who covered conflicts from World War II, to the Cold War, and finally, to Vietnam.
A writer and photographer, Chapelle’s photos had been featured on the covers and pages of Life, National Observer, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest and National Geographic magazines.