|A Report on the War Reporters (Click Magazine, 1944)|
A well-illustrated 1944 article by Leonard Lyons pertaining to the assorted wartime experiences of ten American war correspondents:
•Martin Agronsky for NBC News
•Vincent Sheean with The N.Y. Tribune
•Henry Cassidy of the Associated Press
•Bob Casey of the Chicago Tribune
•John Gunther of The Chicago Daily News
•Jack Thompson of The Chicago Tribune
•Cecil Brown of CBS News
•W.L. White of the Associated Press
•Quentin Reynolds of Collier's Magazine
•Cyrus Schulzberger with the NY TIMES
Tom Treanor of the L.A. Times (Coronet Magazine, 1944)
War correspondent Tom Treanor of the Los Angeles Times was billed by writer Damon Runyon as "one of the four best reporters developed in this war.":
"Landing in Cairo just about the time Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was approaching Alexandria, Treanor went to the British to obtain an accreditation certificate as a war correspondent. But since the British didn't know him they wouldn't accredit him. Undaunted he went out and bought a set of correspondent's insignia for 70 cents, borrowed an army truck, and made a trip to the front and back before the British realized he was gone. They stripped him of his illegal insignia, but in the meantime Tom had obtained material for several 'hot' columns."
Treanor was killed in France shortly after this column went to press.
War Correspondent Ernie Pyle Killed (Yank Magazine, 1945)
This article was penned by YANK correspondent Evans Wylie, it is an account of Ernie Pyle's (1900 - 1945) surprise appearance during the Okinawa campaign and the violent death that Pyle had long anticipated for himself. His end came while he was being driven along a road in the company of Marines in a sector that was believed to have been safe:
"Pyle and the others jumped from the jeep and took cover in a ditch beside the road. The machine gun fired another long burst, and Pyle was dead..."
"Pyle lay on his back in a normal resting position. His unmarked face had the look of a man sleeping peacefully. He had died instantly from a bullet that had penetrated the left side of his helmet and entered the left temple. His hands folded across his chest still clutched his battered cap, said to be the same one he
carried through his previous campaigns."
Of all the many American war correspondents writing during World War Two, Pyle was, without a doubt, the most well loved; he was adored by readers on the home front as well as the GIs in the field. Like many men, Pyle struggled in his career as a younger man; yet when the war broke out he very quickly found his voice - and his readership soon followed. During the course of the war, his popular dispatches were printed in three books Ernie Pyle in England (1941), Here Is Your War (1943), Brave Men (1944) and his later essays appeared posthumously in a volume titled, Last Chapter (1946).
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A Victory for the Associated Press (Coronet Magazine, 1952)
For fear of giving away this funny story, we will not post the stereotypical summation that is so unique to this site; we can only say that this single page anecdote, the result of European military pageantry and tradition, could only have been generated in the age of mass-media.