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."
in warehouse (1954), 53 AVISO van, 49 Friends’ summer camp (Kentucky), 51 Greek doctor examines Indian children (1952), 56 Indian villagers carrying food and water (1952), 59 Iranian women making bread with ingredients from US aid (1952), 55 Jordanian treason trial (1958), 57 Polish orphans (ca. 1946–48), 50 Quaker relief worker with Polish orphans (ca. 1946–48), 49 Reymont, A. E., 39 USS Samaritan, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 27 Schuyler, Phillipa, 158 Shepherd, Lemuel C., 10, 48 US carrier
photographed the wounded and dying in a Marine field hospital. In April 1945 the United States invaded the Japanese home island of Okinawa. Dickey arrived at Okinawa with an assignment from the Navy to cover the use of blood donations aboard the hospital ship USS Relief. She was supposed to stay aboard the ship and wait for casualties. Rear Admiral H. B. Miller, the ranking public relations officer for the entire Pacific Fleet, personally ordered Dickey not to go ashore. But after two days,
filling in our light footprints. The purple of twilight came before we reached a wide country crossing where two small sedans were parked as if they had been waiting for us. I could decipher the name of the make on the back of the nearest. Pobeda. Not a Magyar word. It means victory—in Russian. —Dickey Chapelle, What’s a Woman Doing Here? Newly reinstated as a war correspondent, Dickey quickly set out to reestablish ties with the military. She actively promoted herself as the “Bayonet Border
did more than simply document the uprising—she brought penicillin into Austria for the Hungarian refugees crossing the border. Dickey recognized something familiar in the faces of the refugees fleeing the war—they reminded her of the villagers she had seen on Okinawa, traumatized by conflict. While transporting penicillin with two Hungarian companions in December 1956, Dickey was captured by a Russian patrol and turned over to the Hungarian secret police, who imprisoned her in Budapest for
ID 115304 A Marine smoking a cigarette; Lebanon, ca. 1958 WHi Image ID 115300 A US Navy carrier-based plane flies over the landscape of Lebanon, 1958; Dickey likely took this photograph from inside a helicopter. WHi Image ID 115298 A group of Castro forces, ca. 1958–59; the man seated second from right is possibly Ernesto Che Guevara. WHi Image ID 115283 Fidel Castro with his companion, Celia Sanchez, at far left, seated next to Vilma Espin, later Mrs. Raul Castro, ca. 1958–59 WHi Image