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Billboard review of Soldiers of The Press from Nov 21 1942
Billboard review of Soldiers of The Press of Nov 16th 1942

Soldiers of The Press spot ad from Dec 13 1942
Soldiers of The Press spot ad from Dec 13 1942

United Press Radio News ad from War years
United Press Radio News ad from War years

Not to be outdone, the Associated Press mounted its own campaign to counter United Press Interational's wartime campaign for its service
Not to be outdone, the Associated Press mounted its own campaign to counter United Press Interational's wartime campaign for its service


From the September 5, 1942 Olean Times-Herald: 

"SHOULDER to shoulder with the fighting men on the war fronts of the world go the correspondents of the American Press.
 You will find them peering down from the bellies of bombers over New Guinea or Hamburg, scanning the swirling action in Egypt from the scant cover of foxholes or from within baking, bruising tanks.  You will find them on the bridges and sky-controls of cruisers and carriers off Midway and Wake and Malta as the enemy torpedo planes swoop.  You will find them plodding through the steaming tangles of Burmese jungles, or sharing a look-out's watch aboard a convoy ship heading blindly through the Arctic dark for Murmansk.
 With the troops and crews and squadrons the correspondents face every hazard of war:  gun-fire and capture and pestilence, hardship and tension and tedium.  They face these things at the risk--and sometimes at the sacrifice--of their lives and their freedom.  They face them steadfastly, undramatically, like soldiers--like the soldiers that they are.
 For while they must remain wholly aloof from any military part at the front, they are none the less fighters for the principles and for the needs of their country.  They are chancing all they have and doing all they can to report to their country the truth.  For its people to know the truth is a birthright implicit in the nation's democratic ideal, a birthright which today is a necessity.  With all the world tumult and confusion, we here must know the truth--clearly, completely, quickly--in order to plan and to act effectively for victory."

From the December 24, 1943 Long Beach Independent:


INS Correspondent Killed on Wasp,
Honored by Cargo Ship Launched Here

     The Liberty Freighter Jack Singer, named in memory of an ace newsman who died reporting "The biggest show of all time," was launched yesterday at the yards of the California Shipbuilding Corp.
     The 10,500-ton vessel slid down the ways to take its place in America's victory bridge of ships after a tribute was read from Mark Hellinger, famous writer and motion producer, lauding America's reporters as "Among the bravest of soldiers."
     Singer, only 27, died when Japanese torpedoes sank the aircraft carrier Wasp during the Guadalcanal campaign, which he was covering for International News Service.
     One of 13 Liberty ships to be named after American war correspondents killed in action, the freighter was christened by Ruth Singer, 19, sister of the young reporter.
     Hellinger's tribute was read to the launching audience by Hugh McDonald, master of ceremonies, after Hellinger had been stricken ill.
     "I think it's a magnificent thing that Liberty ships--ships that will carry arms and food and ammunition to our armed forces and our allies--are being named for Jack and the 12 other American reporters who have lost their lives while getting news for the American people," Hellinger's tribute read.
     "There has never been a time when America's press associations and newspapers have made a greater effort to give the American people the news, all the news, even if it's news we sometimes hate to read.
     "Carrying the brunt of this huge effort are those good reporters, the war correspondents.  On all the battlefronts there are more than 500 of them, risking their lives daily so that we, the people of America, can have our news.  They are on our fighting ships, in planes over hostile cities, and with our soldiers in the turmoil and the blood of the very front lines."
     Hellinger described them as "soldiers looking for the facts, who are searching out the truth, regardless of personal danger or sacrifice.  They are among the bravest of soldiers, without guns.
     "In launching this ship, and others like them we pay honor to Jack Singer and the 12 other reporters who have died," Hellinger's tribute continued.  "Theirs, however, is not the only sacrifice.  Four other correspondents are missing.  Sixty-nine have been wounded.  And each of them has been paying the price for being a good reporter, for getting the news when and where it happens."
     And Jack Singer was a good reporter, Hellinger wrote, in tracing his brief but brilliant career.  He told how Singer rejected high-salaried movie offers to become a sports writer for the New York Journal-American, "a job with less money but with far greater warmth."
     Immediately after Pearl Harbor Singer went to J.V. Connolly, president of the International News Service and asked for "a crack at covering the biggest show of all time" because he thought he "could make good at it."
     "There were no heroics in that statement," Hellinger wrote.  "I know he wasn't thinking of adventure, or the smell of battle or the dubious romanticism that sometimes is associated with war.  He was being nothing more than that which he had always been:  a good reporter who had to be where the actual news was happening.
     As a sports writer, Hellinger said, Jack Singer had been content to sit in the grandstand, but "now he was only too anxious to be out on the playing field."
     Hellinger's tribute concluded:
     "As long as this war lasts, there will be other good reporters to follow in the footsteps (of the 12 who died).  These soldiers of the press will be on the battlefronts until we build enough guns and planes and tanks to crush Hitler and Tojo and all the evil they represent."

From the January 6, 1944 edition of the Ruston Daily Leader:


Youthful Dean Of American Newspaper
Men Reports The Air War On German

     (Editor's note:  Walter Cronkite is the youthful dean of American air-war writers in London.  For a year, ever since his return to England from the American invasion of Africa, he has specialized in covering the Allied aerial assault upon the Nazis.  He was one of the eight correspondents--later to become known as "the writing 69th--who composed the original group which qualified by rigorous training to accompany Flying Fortresses high-altitude missions over the Continent, and was one of the first newsmen to fly with American bombers which blasted the ports and inland cities of the Reich.)
     Standing up in crowded trains, crawling over fog-shrouded roads in bouncing jeeps, riding bicycles over muddy lanes, American correspondents in Britain covering the air war are working night and day to keep pace with the mounting 'round-the-clock Allied aerial offensive.
     With airbases now scattered almost the full length and breadth of England, the reporter's job involves hundreds of miles of arduous travelling--sometimes hundreds of miles within a single day--to report accurately and effectively the story of American and RAF air operations.
     These correspondents are "musette bag and typewriter" soldiers.  The musette bag slung over their shoulder contains their shaving kit, a towel, a bar of soap and--with luck--a clean shirt.  That and their portable typewriter are "home."
     And when the air war is at its peak--when the Eighth is out day after day and the RAF night after night--the unshaven faces and the redness of the sleepless eyes of these Soldiers of the Press match those of the fliers and ground crews themselves.
     To report the air assault upon Germany, one of the great running stories of the war, the United Press has mobilized the pick of its London staff.  Three members are assigned to the job full-time.  Two others stand-by to augment this staff.  Military experts in London constantly interpret the air war in relation to the world-wide picture.  And a host of desk men are always at hand to give intelligent, fast, accurate handling to the dispatches from the "air bases somewhere in England."
     Throughout last winter, when the American air effort was as a molehill to its present mountain, I was able to cover the story alone.  With the coming of spring and the pyramiding of the American air force in England, I had to enlist help to enable the United Press to continue abreast of developments.
     The full staff was assigned to the job sufficiently ahead of the need for it to enable its members to dig their roots firmly into the soil against the time when the speeded-up developments would brook no delay for experiment and path-blazing.
     This foresight paid dividends in an impressive list of United Press "firsts" and "exclusives"--"firsts" like the revelation of Fortresses area bombing and "exclusives" like the touching story of the Mathis brothers, one of whom won the Congressional Medal of Honor because, though mortally wounded, he stuck by his bombsight until his "cookies" were gone.
     Presently in the field and constantly on the go to cover every facet of the American side of the air war are two young United Press veterans, Collie Small and Douglas Werner.
     They are the boys with the musette bags.  Where--or whether--
     On operational days, when the Fortresses and Liberators and Thunderbolts and Maurauders and Lightnings are out, these correspondents may visit as many as four different bases, each as much as 100 miles from the others.
     Small and Werner stop at each base first to tackle flying operations and intelligence command--they will sleep when night comes--they never know. 
     ers to get the basic facts of the day's mission, and then to get the human, personal experience stories from the men who have just returned from fighting five miles high in the skies for their countries and for their lives.
     After the fliers turn in to rest up for the next day's job, Small and Werner assemble and write their stories and send them, despite communication ball-ups and hazy, dim transmission lines to "the desk" at the United Press bureau in London.
     There skilled desk men like William B. Dickinson, Paul Ault and Ed Murray--men whose names seldom appear over the air stories in the papers--assemble the Small and Werner reports into the fact-packed, fast moving account which United Press lays on clients' desks within minutes, sometimes even before Small or Werner have hung up the receiver at their end.
     After telephoning, the correspondents may go around to the back door of the mess to beg a late meal from the chef--perhaps their food that day.  Later they grope their way to a strange barrack where they'll crawl in beside some weary flier of bomb loader or an intelligence officer destined to be awakened in an hour to plan the next day's mission.
     If there is a mission the next day, Small and Werner are at the grind again.  But even if there is no mission, their routine differs only slightly.  They take a little more time but they continue their unending tour of the bases, now to pick up the feature stories that come from reticent, modest fliers only on the "day after."
     Yet all this effort and perseverance are not enough to achieve the complete coverage that United Press wants.  Standing by especially to give the folks back home intimate, personal glimpses of their men at war are top-flight feature writers Jim McGlincy and Dudley Ann Harmon.
     Armed with tips from Small or Werner--and with musett bags now swung over their shoulders--they dash into the field to pick up any undeveloped angle for another United Press exclusive.
     In London, I am constantly kept busy assessing the facts, interviewing those "in the know" at the Air Ministry and Eighth Air Force headquarters, and seeking to interpret the developing air war, as well to call future plays so that Small, Werner and myself can be at the scene when the big story breaks.
     Even here UP's constant attention to the air war doesn't end.  Long-time stars of the UP's foreign staff, such as Virgil Pinkley and Ed Beattle, frequently dip into the subject to bring it into focus with the overall picture of the Allied and enemy war efforts.
     Their interpretive dispatches are based on direct acquaintance with the generals and the air marshals who direct the war and on expert knowledge of the war itself, its battlefronts and the strengths and weaknesses of the armies there.

The four large independent news services of the era, the Associated Press (AP), the International News Service (INS), Reuters, and the United Press (UP), were understandably at the forefront of news reporting during the run up to World War II. As war broke out in Europe, it was Reuters and the INS that held the inside track reporting with mostly in-place staff reporters and stringers. Embeded, military-accredited, and civilian war correspondents attached to a specific military branch, service or activity, appeared shortly after Nazi Germany's declaration of war against the Allies at the time.

From these ranks rose many of the journalists, writers, foreign correspondents and future bureau chiefs of the greatest post-War news bureaus in the world. Famous names like Ernie Pyle, Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, Ann Stringer, Bill Mauldin, William L. Shirer, Eric Sevareid, Charles Collingwood, and Howard K. Smith were but a handful of the Jounalism luminaries to cover the War. But it was the wire services and major newspaper and magazine journalists and stringers that comprised the vast majority of World War II coverage that passed the military censors.

Of the four major wire services, Reuters, the INS, the UP and the AP, the United Press and Associated Press were the most actively promoted and successful in the U.S. during the run up to War, during the War and during the post-War era. Their reportage was both historic and heroic, and easily the height of journalism for its era, but it was not without its commercial and promotional imperatives. The wire services were businesses; and highly competitive, cut-throat, take-no-prisoners businesses at that. The United Press got a huge boost in publicity when, beginning in the last months of 1942, it began recording, promoting and airing a series of at least 140, fifteen-minute documentaries on what they referred to as their Soldier's of the Press.

The Associated Press, not to be outdone, began placing half and full-page ads in newspapers throughout the country touting their own wire service and it's journalists.

Soldiers of The Press Premieres with Dramatized Press Filings

Virtually all of the pieces dramatized were almost verbatim accounts filed by UP correspondents in local newspapers across the country. In many cases the filed copy used in the newspaper postings were used verbatim as part of the Soldiers of The Press episodes.

For the most part, most of the Soldiers of The Press episodes aired within days or a couple of weeks of its companion filed news release. Indeed, as often as not, many of the correspondents' reports also aired over independent radio stations not affiliated with a network news service of their own. The variety and breadth of the broadcasts reflected the United Press' extraordinary reach and depth of their correspondents in the field. Covering every theater, every significant offensive and every major confrontation during the period 1943 - 1945, arguably the fastest moving, dynamic two years of World War II.

Series Derivatives:

Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Wartime News Dramatizations
Network(s): MBS, ABC Blue Network, and several other local affiliates and networks while in syndication.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 43-01-04 01 Henry Gorrell - The Bombing of Navarino Bay
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 43-01-04 to 45-03-30; MBS and ABC Blue Network; One hundred thirty-seven, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: United Press International Recording Division
Sponsors: DuPont; Arter Paint and Glass; Security Storage Company; Biller's Jewelry Company; Ted E. Litt; Prudential Federal Savings
Principal Actors: Jackson Beck
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Estimated Scripts or
Episodes in Circulation: 40
Total Episodes in Collection: 40

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The Soldiers of The Press Program Log

Date Trans No. Title Avail. Notes
42-11-26 Salt Lake Tribune
KUTA--7:00--Soldiers of The Press
Henry Gorrell - Bombing of Navar1no Bay
43-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
Another highlight of tonight's schedule will be the first program in the series, "Soldiers of the Press." The broadcast, at 7, will dramatize an attack flight which
Henry Gorrell, United Press staff correspondent, made with a U.S. bomber crew.

Robert Miller - The Marines At Guadalcanal
43-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Soldiers Of the Press (WIBA):
Robert Miller, whose United Press dispatches you've read in The State Journal, with the marines on Guadalcanal.
Richard McMillan - The Battle of North Africa
Joe James Custer - U.S. Fleet Battlestations
43-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Soldiers Of the Press (WIBA): experiences of
Joe James Custer, United Press correspondent, at battle stations with the U.S. fleet.
Leo Disher - Heroism In Oran
Robert T Bellaire - Japanese Prisoner
William Tyree - U.S. Fleet In the Pacific
43-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Soldiers Of the Press (WIBA): the story of
William Tyree and his adventures with the U.S. Fleet in the Pacific.
Frank Hewlett - The Fall of Bataan
Ned Russell - The Seige of Stuka Acres
Robert P Martin - U.S. Bombers Over Haiphong
43-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Soldiers Of the Press (WIBA): story of
Robert Martin and his ride with U.S. bombers over Haiphong.
Frank Hewitt - New Guinea Jungles
Henry Shapiro - Northwest of Stalingrad
Henry Gorrell - One For the Sergeant
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Leo Disher - A Letter To Mrs Marshall
Robert Miller - A Son of Bushido
Donald Coe - Hit the Silk
Francis McCarthy - Somewhere In the South Pacific
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Phil Ault - Objective Gafsa
43-05-02 Long Beach Independent
OBJECTIVE, GAFSA," story of American troops in one of the hottest battlesof the Tunisian campaign, will be dramatized from the story by Phil Ault of United Press, on "Soldiers of the Press" today at 6:15 p.m. over KECA. "Soldiers of the Press" pictures the advance of American troops against heavy enemy forces, as seen by U.P. correspondents at the front.
C R Cunningham - Desert Airdrome
Francis McCarthy - Engagement At Sea
Robert Martin - Hazardous Flight
Joe James Custer - Assignment Shangri-La
Walter Cronkite - Dry Martini
Robert Vermillion and Robert Richards - Atlantic Convoy
Clinton B Conger - Night Patrol
Ned Russell - The Last Pocket
Reynolds Packard - Target--Palermo
Edward W Beattie - Hill 609
Russell Annabel - Halfway To Tokyo
Walter Briggs - The Burma Front
Russell Annabel - Attack On Attu
C R Cunningham - Prelude To Invasion
Charles Arnot - Crash Dive
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Henry Shapiro - Leningrad Seige
George E Jones - The Road To Tokyo
John Mecklin - Sicilian Invasion
Richard McMillan - The Raid On Rome
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Russell Annabel - Kiska Mission
43-11-13 Niagara Falls Gazette
Soldiers of hte press. Sunday presentation of WHLD from 1:45 to 2:00, brings the timely feature "Prelude to Invasion" to the microphone this weekend. The story concerns the adventure of United Press Correspondent C.R. Cunningham in the Mediterranean.
Albert V Ravenholt - Jungle Escape
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Donald Coe - Italian Episode
William Wilson - The Raid On Rabaul
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George Palmer - Torpedo
43-12-18 Winnipeg Free Press
George Palmer. United Press correspondent, will tell his story of the heroism the stricken and resourcefulness crew displayed in keeping their ship afloat, and finally bringing it into port, when CKRC present Soldiers of the Press. Sunday, at 9.45 p.m. The title of this United Press show is Torpedo, and tells the story of a cruiser thai was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.
Reynolds Packard - Battle Boomerang
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Richard Johnson - Leathernecks At Tarawa
Reynolds Packard - Phantom Enemy
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Robert Vermillion - Rome Skyway
George Palmer - Shangri La
Reynolds Packard - Rome Beachhead
Frank Fisher - Attack On Bari
Frank Tremaine - Stepping Stones To Tokyo
James Roper - Monte Cassino
George E Jones - Attack On Truk
Ralph E Heinzen - Inside Germany
James Roper - The Bombing Of Cassino
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Douglas Werner - Greater Love Hath No Man
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Frank Hewlett - Merrill's Raiders
Robert Vermillion - Anzio Diary
Leo Disher - Attack On The Tirpitz
44-09-25 Winnipeg Free Press
Soldiers of Press Is Series
About War Correspondents
As a salute to the war correspondents, CKRC presents Soldiers of the Press each Tuesday and Thursday at 8.15 p.m., in a series of transcribed programmes.
This Tuesday.
Leo Disher will tell the story of the attack on the Tirpitz.
For two days and nights the fleet cruised through Norwegian waters in search of its quarry. On the third day the trail got hot. Scouting planes located the steel monster in a sheltered fjord, deep in enemy territory. Mr. Disher will tell the story of the attack, as only an eyewitness could.
And on Thursday evening.
Collie Small will tell the story of the crew of the Flying Amazon. He arrived one morning at an American bomber base. He didn't got up with the planes, but spent the day "sweating it out" with *he ground crews Mr Small caught the spirit of the man left behind at the field. The anxiety and the terrible tenseness of their 'lone vigil. For as one of them said "the air field is the loneliest place in the world when our plane has taken off."
Collie Small - The Flying Amazon
Harrison Salisbury - Odessa--A Tale Of Two Cities
Charles Arnot - Hill 700!
Don Caswell - The Jap Terror
James Rogers - Baptism Of Fire
Virgil Pinkley - Invasion
Robert Vermillion - The Road To Rome
Harrison Salisbury - The Death Of An Army
Reynolds Packard - Mission To Rome
Richard McMillan - Bloodly Cherbourg
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Edward Murray - The Secret Weapon
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Richard Johnston - Pacific Citadel
Eleanor Packard - Adventure In Voltera
James McGlincy - The Hero Of Saint-Lô
Joseph Grigg - The Paper Hanger
Robert Richard - The Bravest Man
Henry Gorrell - Kamerad
Joan Younger - The Return Of the Soldier
Robert Vermillion - The Paratroopers
Virgil Pinkley - Sunday Services
M S Handler - A Day Of Retribution
John Franklin - Prelude To Defeat
John Hlavacek - Last Train For Hengyang
Richard C McMillan - Epic Of Arnhem
44-10-25 Winnipeg Free Press
Programme Will Pay
Tribute To Parachutists At Arnhem
A tribute will be paid to the gallant British parachutists, who held a bridgehead north of the Rhine for nine days, on Soldiers of the Press, to be presented over CKRC Thursday at 8.15 p.m.
War correspondent
Richard McMillan, who talked with these men, will tell listeners of the epic of Arnhem.
The radio audience will hear how these men were surrounded, but held out for nine days wailing for help that never came. They didn't surrender, but split up into small groups and made their way back to the British lines under a hurricane barrage of German gunfire. The programme is transcribed.
John Parris - Symphony Of War
Boyd Lewis - The Ghost Goes To War
Henry Gorrell - Hour Of Decision
Ralph Teatsorth - Communique 168
Leo Disher - Drama In the Air
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Mac Johnson - Target--Tokyo

Henry Gorrell - Christmas Greetings

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Walter Cronkite - The Symbol Of Caduceus
45-02-07 Winnipeg Free Press
The story of a gallant band of eight nurses who refused to leave their wounded at the mercy of the advancing Germans, will be told by war correspondent.
Walter Cronkite, on Soldiers of ;he Press over CKRC, Thursday at 10.45 p.m. Mr. Cronkite calls these nurses, The Ladies of Caducecus, from the ancient symbol of Caduceus, which is today the official emblem of the United States Army Medical corps. He watched the eight heroic nurses working day and night on the western front. in mud-coated woollen shirts and slacks and G.I. boots. They stood before a harried colonel as the armry roar of Ihe German advance grew nearer. And when he begged them to go back, their answer was "We cannot leave these men. Let us stay." What Cronkite saw from then on will be dramatically presented in Soldiers of the Press, the title being The Symbol of Caduceus.
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Walter Cronkite - Grease Monkey
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Doris Johnstone - The Hide Out
Ann Stringer - The Bravest Men In the Army
Clinton Conger - March Of Victory
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Boyd Lewis - Victory In the West
Eddie Beattie - Prisoner Of War

Undated or Unnumbered Soldiers of The Press Program Log

Date Trans No. Title Avail. Notes
John McDermett - A Face To Remember
Robert L Frye - The Paratroopers
Jack Fleischer - Secrets Of Berchtesgarten
Reynolds Packard - Stand At Salerno
43-10-19 Long Beach Independent
Stand at Salerno," as stirring as its title, is the factual report by "Soldiers of the Press" on KECA tonight at 9 o'clock. War Correspondent Reynolds Packard, formerly United Press bureau mananger in Rome, presents the dramatic story of General Mark Clark's American and Canadian assault troops' inland push from the beachhead which cost so many lives.
Donald Coe - The Road To Rome
43-11-09 Long Beach Independent
Donald Coe, United Press war correspondent, reports more than just the actual results of the battle he covers--he also thells of the pattern of grand strategy and great decisive actions. The "Soldiers of the Press" program on KECA tonight at 9 o'clock includes such a story developed as the allied troops swept along the road to Rome.
William C. Wilson - Hell's Bells
43-11-16 Long Beach Independent
U.P. war correspondent
William C. Wilson tells the story of "Hell's Bells," a Liberator bomber, and her heroic crew, on "Soldiers of the Press" over KECA tonight at 9 o'clock.
Francis J. McCarthy - The Raid On Rabaul
43-12-30 Long Beach Independent
An eyewitness account of the raid on Rabaul as seen from an American aircraft carreir will be given by war correspondent
Francis J. McCarthy when "Soldiers of the Press" is presented over KECA tonight at 9:15.
Review of 1944
45-01-16 Winnipeg Free Press
1944 had some of the biggest news stories in history, including the invasion of western Europe, the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt to a fourth term, the American return to the Philippines, the defeat of the Japanese fleet, and others.
United Press war correspondents covered them all. and the review of their eye-witness report of the biggest news of the year will be the feature of this week's presentation of Soldiers of the Press, over CKRC Wednesday at 10.45 p.m.
Storm Over Corregidor
45-03-21 Winnipeg Free Press
Storm Over Corregidor, will be told on Soldiers of the Press over CKRC, Wednesday at 10.45 p.m
Ann Stringer - Woman War Correspondent
45-03-30 Tucson Daily citizen

Woman Writer
Of War News
To Broadcast
United Press Radio Show

To Tell Of Reporter's Arrival At Front

United Press War Correspondent
Ann Stringer is perhaps the first
American woman war reporter to
go into Germany. She asked to be assigned to the western front after her
husband, William Stringer, also a war correspondent, was. killed in France,
Her first vivid impressions of war are dramatically revealed in th'o latest UP
"Soldiers of the Press" show—"
Woman War Correspondent."
Here, Miss Stringer tells of her first experiences on the western front, her narrow brushes with death, and the heroic charge of the famous 84th division into the town of Juellch.
Upon her arrival at the front lines, the UP correspondent was surprised by the atmosphere of early spring. Birds were singing flowers were popping out of ttie ground. Miss Stringer was beginning to wonder about the horrors of war when suddenly German snipers fired on her. What happened after that Is revealed dramatically at 8:15 tonight over Station KTUC in the latest UP "Soldiers of the Press," show—"Woman War Correspondent." Make a date with
your KTUC dial to hear this notable saga of men and womtn and war.

The Soldiers of The Press Radio Program Biographies

For over fifty years, the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite composes his copy for the Evening News
For over fifty years, the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite composes his copy for the Evening News
Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.
Journalist; War Correspondent; News Anchor; Writer

Birthplace: St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.A.

Education: London University

1943 Soldiers Of the Press
1948 You Are There
1953 Press Interview--Topic Polio
1953 March Of Dimes On the Air
1955 Highlights Of the Seagram Symposium
1955 A Tribute To...
1955 Crossroads At Geneva
1957 The Asian Flu
1958 Answer Please
1958 The Couple Next Door
1958 Virginia: Pattern For Resistance
1958 The Big News Of 1958
1959 The Twentieth Century
1960 The Big News Of '59
1960 The Great Debate
1961 Fallout: The Clouded Horizon
1962 Telstar Broadcast
1966 Harry S. Truman Obituary
1969 Apollo 11
1969 Why I Chose Not To Run
1970 LBJ: The Decision To Halt the Bombing
1972 President Truman Bulletins and Reports
1974 President Gerald Ford
1977 Ask President Carter
1977 CBS Radio At Fifty: An Autobiography In Sound
1977 A Reporter Summing Up: Debriefing
1996 When Conventions Were Conventions
1997 Mars Live
1997 Broadcasting: U.S. Style
1999 CBS News Twentieth Century Roundup
1999 Memos To A New Millenium
2002 All Things Considered
2002 Further Details With Robert Trout

Walter Cronkite circa 1968

Walter Cronkite circa 1942
Walter Cronkite circa 1942

Walter Cronkite circa 1951
Walter Cronkite circa 1951

Walter Cronkite holding model of Apollo spacecraft
Walter Cronkite holding model of Apollo spacecraft

Walter Cronkite circa 1960
Walter Cronkite circa 1960

Walter Cronkite on Time Magazine
Walter Cronkite on Time Magazine

Walter Cronkite with President John F. Kennedy from 1963
Walter Cronkite with President John F. Kennedy from 1963

Walter Cronkite on Life Magazine
Walter Cronkite on Life Magazine

Walter Cronkite holding an Emmy
Walter Cronkite holding an Emmy

Walter Cronkite and his wife Betsy aboard their yacht
Walter Cronkite and his wife Betsy aboard their yacht

Walter Cronkite circa 2007
Walter Cronkite circa 2007

From the July 19, 2009 Edition of the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois):

America loses its anchor

Famed CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, known as the "most trusted man in America," died Friday.  He was 92.

Associated Press

Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died Friday.  He was 92.
     Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. with his family by his side at his Manhattan home after a long illness, CBS vice president Linda Mason said.  Marlene Adler, Cronkite's chief of staff, said Cronkite died of cerebrovascular disease.
     Cronkite was the face of the "CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis.
     It was Cronkite who read the bulletins coming from Dallas when Kennedy was shot Nov. 22, 19653, interrupting a live CBS-TV broadcast of the soap opera "As the World Turns."
     He died just three days before the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, another earthshaking moment of history linked inexorably with his reporting.
     "What was so remarkable about it was that he was not only in the midst of so many great stories; he was also the managing editor of CBS News and the managing editor for America," former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw said.  "Walter always made us better.  He set the bar so high."
     Morley Safer, a longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent, called Cronkite "the father of television news."
     "The trust that viewers placed in him was based on the recognition of his fairness, honesty and strict objectivity...and of course his long experience as a shoe-leather reporter covering everything from local politics to World War II and its aftermath in the Soviet Union," Safer said.  "He was a giant of journalism and privately one of the funniest, happiest men I've ever known."
     Cronkite was the broadcaster to whom the title "anchorman" was first applied, and he came so identified in that role that eventually his own name became the term for the job in other languages.  (Swedish anchors are known as Kronkiters; In Holland, they are Cronkiters.)
     "He was a great broadcaster and a gentleman whose experience, honesty, professionalism and style defined the role of anchor and commentator," CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said in a statement.
     CBS has scheduled a prime-time special, "That's the Way it Was:  Remembering Walter Cronkite," for 6 p.m. Sunday.
     President Barack Obama issued a statement saying Cronkite set the standard by which all other news anchors have been judged.
          "He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down.  This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed," Obama said.
     His 1968 editorial declaring the United States was "mired in stalemate" in Vietnam was seen by some as a turning point in U.S. opinion of the war.  He also helped broker the 1977 invitation that took Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem, the breakthrough to Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.
     He followed the 1960s space race with open fascination, anchoring marathon broadcasts of major flights from first suborbital shot to the first moon landing, exclaiming, "Look at those pictures, wow!" as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon's surface in 1969.  In 1998, for CNN, he went back to Cape Canaveral to cover John Glenn's return to space after 36 years.
     "He had a passion for human space exploration, an enthusiasm that was contagious, and the trust of his audience.  He will be missed," Armstrong said in a statement.
     He had been scheduled to speak last January for the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., but ill health prevented his appearance.
     Like fellow Midwesterner Johnny Carson, Cronkite seemed to embody the nation's mainstream.  When he broke down as he announced President John Kennedy's death, removing his glasses and fighting back tears, the times seemed to break down with him.

War and Watergate
     And when Cronkite took sides, he helped shape the times.  After the 1968 Tet Offensive, he visited Vietnam and wrote and narrated a "speculative, personal" report advocating negotiations leading to the withdrawal of American troops.
     "We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds," he said, and concluded, "We are mired in stalemate."
     After the broadcast, President Lyndon B. Johnson reportedly said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America."
     In the fall of 1972, responding to reports in The Washington Post, Cronkite aired a two-part series on Watergate that helped ensure national attention to the then-emerging scandal.
     "When the news is bad, Walter hurts," the late CBS President Fred Friendly once said.  "When the news embarrasses America, Walter is embarrassed.  When the news is humorous, Walter smiles with understanding."
     More recently, in a syndicated column, Cronkite defended the liberal record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and criticized the Iraq war and other Bush administration policies.
     But when asked by CNN's Larry King if that column was evidence of media bias, Cronkite set forth the distinction between opinion and reporting.
     "We all have prejudices," he said of his fellow journalists, "but we also understand how to set them aside when we do the job."
     Cronkite was the top newsman during the peak era for the networks, when the nightly broadcasts grew to a half-hour and 24-hour cable and the Internet were still well in the future.  As many as 18 million households tuned in to Cronkite's program each night.  Twice that number watched his final show, on March 6, 1981, compared with fewer than 10 million in 2005 for the departure of Dan Rather.
     A vigorous 64 years old, Cronkite had stepped down with the assurance that other duties awaited him at CBS News, but found little demand there for his services.  He hosted the short-lived science magazine series "Walter Cronkite's Universe" and was retained by the network as a consultant, although, as he was known to state wistfully, he was never consulted.

And from the July 20, 2009 edition of the Constitution Tribune (Chillicothe, Missouri):

Cronkite to be buried in Missouri after NYC funeral
      NEW YORK (AP)--Walter Cronkite's final resting place will be next to his late wife in Missouri, where the two first met, his chief of staff said Saturday.
     The 92-year-old former CBS anchorman died Friday at his Manhattan home of disease involving blood vessels in the brain, according to Marlene Adler, his longtime chief of staff.
     A private funeral service was scheduled for Thursday at St. Bartholomew's Church.  Adler said the Rev. William Tully will preside over the Episcopal service at the Park Avenue church, which the Cronkites attended for many years.
     A memorial is to be held within the next month in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Adler said.
     "It will be a fitting tribute to Mr. Cronkite and the life he lived, the people he knew, the people who loved him and the people he admired," said Adler, who headed Cronkite's staff for the past 20 years.
     The Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that works to safeguard press freedoms worldwide, will post remembrances of Cronkite, an honorary co-chairman, on its blog.
     "Whenever press freedom needed a champion, he was there," CPJ board chairman Paul Steiger said.  "We will miss him."
     Cronkite is to be cremated and his remains buried next to his wife, Betsy Cronkite, in the family plot at a cemetery in Kansas City.
     In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Walter and Betsy Cronkite Foundation through the Austin Community Foundation . org, which will distribute contributions to various charities the couple supported.

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