The Press: Case Closed

As long as he lived, Edward Kennedy would never hear the last of May 7, 1945. He remembered it as if it were last Monday—the war in Europe was over; 17 newsmen had witnessed the surrender early that morning at Reims; their stories were written. But a top-level order from headquarters kept them from filing the great news.

Then Ed Kennedy, A.P. boss in Europe and veteran of 13 years with the A.P., got word that the Germans had announced the surrender over the Flensburg radio. He tried to reach Brigadier General Frank A. ("Honk") Allen Jr., SHAEF's bumbling press chief, finally...

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