On this day in 1965, Dickey Chapelle died in the battlefields of Vietnam. An American photojournalist, and war correspondent during WWII to the Vietnam War; Dickey Chapelle signature uniform: army fatigues, Australian bush hat, harlequin glasses and pearl earrings. She would go beyond the call of duty into war zones traveling with the troops to the front to get the story. Ms. Chapelle's first assignment, she posted with the Marines during the Battle of Iwo Jima and then Okinawa. She learned to jump with the paratroopers- she usually traveled with the troops. This tiny lady received many awards and the respect of the military and the journalism community.
It is sad that a land mine set off by the soldier in front of her- Dickey Chapelle became the first American woman to be killed in action and the first photo-journalist to be killed in the Vietnam War. Courage comes in all sizes.