Free virtual program features the life of female war correspondent Dickey Chapelle


LA SALLE - The LaSalle Public Library will virtually host author John Garofolo on May 25 when he presents, “Dickey Chapelle Under Fire.” The program will feature the life of Georgette “Dickey” Chapelle, who was the first American female war correspondent killed while reporting on combat operations.

Chapelle began her career during the bloody World War II battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and continued covering conflicts around the world until she was killed while on patrol with the Marines during her fourth trip to Vietnam in 1965. She was named Honorary Marine in 2017. In this program, her life and work will be explored in detail by Garofolo, author of “Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action.”

Garofolo, a veteran of the Iraqi war, recently retired from the Coast Guard at the rank of captain. A former vice president at 20th Century Fox, he has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, has taught at the Coast Guard Academy and also taught “War Films and Warrior Culture” at Yale.

This free program will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 and is open to the public. Registration is required at Once registered, a confirmation e-mail with connection info for joining the program will be sent.

For more information, please contact the LaSalle Public Library at (815) 223-2341 or e-mail Rachael Blomquist at