Chaplain John McNamara of Boston administers the last rites to photographer Dickey Chapelle in South Vietnam Nov. 4, 1965. She was covering a U.S. Marine unit on a combat operation near Chu Lai when she was seriously wounded, along with 4 Marines, by an exploding mine. She was the first female war reporter to be killed in Vietnam, as well as the first American female reporter to be killed in action. Her body was repatriated with an honor guard consisting of 6 Marines. AP Photo by Henri Huet
Combat Trackers Vietnam Era In 1966, with the war in Vietnam escalating, General Westmoreland, Commander of Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), was impressed by the British Army’s employment of combat trackers fighting Communist insurgents in Malaysia. That year, he sent LTC Starry along with a small team of U.S. Soldiers to the British Jungle Warfare School in Malaysia.