Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action
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."
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
authentic Japanese costumes Photo from the Meyer family personal collection Georgette and brother Bob at the Milwaukee County Airport, 1932. Later Dickey would write this was “taken the first time I ever touched an airplane.” Photo from the Meyer family personal collection Young Georgette dressed as a scarecrow Photo from the Meyer family personal collection Georgette on her way to school; by this point, she was likely going by the name “Dickey.” Photo from the Meyer family personal
ID 115204 US Marines with a dog, just outside Ishikowa, Okinawa, 1945. This image was taken hours after the fall of Ishikowa, a village of about 400 people. WHi Image ID 85177 A US soldier offers food to Japanese women gathered on a roadside, Okinawa, 1945 WHi Image ID 115153 Dickey with her camera bag, in a photograph probably taken by Tony during their time in Europe. Photo from the Meyer family personal collection 3 Relief Work The wreckage resulting from man’s inhumanity to
Algerian children stand near their home, 1957 WHi Image ID 85518 An Algerian traitor who claimed to have killed women and children sits handcuffed, waiting for his trial by the Algerian National Liberation Front, 1957 WHi Image ID 85793 After a guilty verdict, the young man is executed by an Algerian rebel firing squad, 1957 WHi Image ID 12156 A soldier cleaning his rifle, Lebanon, 1958 WHi Image ID 115306 Soldiers with camouflage face paint gather around a map, Lebanon, 1958 WHi Image
ID 32774 A soldier in Castro’s forces firing from a position known as “the hole,” during the battle for the village of LaMaya, Cuba, 1958 WHi Image ID 115239 Fidel (left) and Raul Castro posing with a bazooka during the Cuban Revolution, Oriente Province, Cuba, 1958 WHi Image ID 85297 Three Cuban rebels during the Cuban revolution, ca. 1958–59. The men are thought to be propagandists for Castro’s 26th of July Movement, organized to overthrow the Batista dictatorship. WHi Image ID 115276