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Photographer Who Died in Vietnam Named Honorary Marine

This 1958 photo provided by The United States Marine Corps shows. Photographer Dickey Chapelle is shown taking photos on the shores of Lake Michigan during a U.S. Marines operation. Chapelle, originally from Wisconsin who's to be
This 1958 photo provided by The United States Marine Corps shows. Photographer Dickey Chapelle is shown taking photos on the shores of Lake Michigan during a U.S. Marines operation. Chapelle, originally from Wisconsin who's to be

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A photographer from Wisconsin believed to be the first female American journalist killed in a war has become an honorary Marine.

Dickey Chapelle was 47 when she was killed by shrapnel from an exploding land mine while covering the Vietnam War in 1965. She'd also covered the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Chapelle was recently declared an honorary Marine at the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association annual dinner in San Diego.

Chapelle worked for numerous publications, including National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and National Observer. She also traveled to Algeria, Panama, Lebanon, Hungary and Cuba on assignments.

She was born in Milwaukee and graduated from Shorewood High School. She was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club's Hall of Fame in 2014.

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