Tuesday, May 30, 2006

UNDER FIRE: Portrait of Courage

November, 1965, Photojournalist, Dickey Chapelle, a woman who broke into the "boy’s club" to become the first woman photojournalist to cover World War II, as well as every major conflict - from Iwo Jima to the landing of the first US marines in Vietnam. She would eventually die from wounds suffered from a booby trap explosion.

During her two decades in the field, Chapelle was considered one of the most controversial members of her profession. Her daring adventures on the battlefront led on combat patrols with revolutionary guerrilla leader Fidel Castro, to be captured and imprisoned by Soviet agents during the Hungarian Revolutions, and parachuted into Laos with the Green Berets.

But no one loved her more than the United States Marine Corps. She admired them and constantly detailed their role in protecting Ameroca. They considered her one of their own and honour her memory with the annual Dickey Chapelle Award given out by the Marine Corps League National Headquarters.


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