The Press: Fleet's Darling

The most-shot-at U.S. foreign correspondent was last week put out of action after a hazardous year and a half on the most adventurous assignment of the war. A.P.'s 34-year-old Maryland-born Laurence ("Larry") Edmund Allen was hospitalized in Alexandria, Egypt, a survivor of a torpedoed British cruiser in the Mediterranean.

Since September 1940, tall, blond Larry Allen has reported firsthand almost every big British naval action in the,, Mediterranean. In March, when the British in one night in the Battle of Matapan knocked out an Italian battleship and sank a half-dozen cruisers and destroyers,...

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