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While on the subject of NON Service combat photographers, you might want to check out Dickey Chapelle. WWII- Vietnam.

Funny thing, when my Dad was there, I usually saw it spelled Viet Nam.
 

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Are you sure on the French !!!
That is a 173rd Patch on the solider behind her.
Cathrine Leroy was a civilian, born in France and 21 when she went to Vietnam to photograph the war for UPI and AP. She did jump with the 173rd during Junction City. Was captured by the NVA during Tet and got away- Stones Indeed!!
 

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From USMCCCA Online:

By bestowing the title “Honorary Marine” on Ms. Chapelle, we, belatedly will be recognizing her for the zeal with which she approached her craft, especially when working with “her Marines.” Then-Commandant, General Wallace M. Green Jr., issued (in part) the following statement shortly after her death to all Marines:

” All U.S. Marines the world over mourn the death of Dickey Chapelle who died of wounds received while covering combat operations by Marines in South Vietnam on November 4, 1965. She was not only a skilled, dedicated newspaperwoman, but she was an exemplary patriot whose great love for her country was an inspiration to all who knew her and worked with her. It has been said by her media colleagues that she died with the men she loved. It must also be said that affection, admiration and respect was mutual. She was one of us, and we will miss her.”
 
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