Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action

8 Nov

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 0870207180

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"It was dawn before I fell asleep, and later in the morning I was only half-awake as I fed a fresh sheet of paper into the typewriter and began to copy the notes from the previous day out of my book. But I wasn't too weary to type the date line firmly as if I'd been writing date lines all my life:
from the front at iwo jima march 5--
Then I remembered and added two words.
under fire--
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."
















female war correspondent killed in action, but she wasn’t the last to face harm. In 1967 reporter Phillipa Schuyler died in a non-combat helicopter crash in Vietnam. In 2012 American journalist Marie Colvin died while reporting on the civil war in Syria, killed by an improvised explosive device loaded with nails. In 2011 CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted while reporting on the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt. In that same year, photographer Lynsey Addario was captured by the

reserve military service and has taught at the Coast Guard Academy and at Yale University. He has written a screenplay based on the life of Dickey Chapelle and is currently working on a stage adaptation. John earned a PhD from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California. Kevin Foley The author (at far right, with reporter’s notebook) and other members of Naval Coastal Warfare Group One in Iraq, meeting with the Umm

incredibly gifted journalist who captured the humanity and inhumanity of battle, the sorrows and the joys. We see the conflicts as she did, and I am struck by how similar they feel to the battles I saw, even if the weaponry has changed and the landscapes are different. In Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Garofolo includes a photo Chapelle took in 1957 of three Algerian children standing in dirty dress, staring at the cameras. I have similar photos of Iraqi children, some fifty years later. In another

correspondent, she was a bright, precocious, and nearsighted girl named Georgette Louise Meyer. Georgie Lou, as her family called her, was born on March 14, 1919, in Shorewood, Wisconsin, a suburb north of Milwaukee. She grew up with her younger brother, Robert, in a household filled with adults. Georgie Lou’s parents, Edna and Paul Meyer, were pacifists in a family tradition that dated back to the first Meyer relative to come to the United States, after his protests against German draft laws

honestly mean I had a choice? Very well, I’d make one. I’d tell the truth. “As far forward as you’ll let me.” —Dickey Chapelle, What’s a Woman Doing Here? When the United States entered the war, Tony, a veteran of World War I, reenlisted in the Navy with orders to go to Panama as a chief photographer’s mate. Navy regulations prohibited wives from accompanying their husbands on deployment, so Dickey applied for a military press credential of her own. In 1942, she followed Tony to Panama, armed

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