Vietnam: Memorial Day: Georgette Louise Meyer: Chapelle was killed in Vietnam on November 4, 1965 while on a search and destroy operation. The lieutenant in front of her kicked a tripwire boobytrap, consisting of a mortar shell with a hand grenade. Chapelle was hit in the neck by a piece of shrapnel which severed her carotid artery and died soon after. Her last moments were captured in a photograph by Henri Huet. She became the first American female reporter to be killed in action.