Radio: Bing to Bataan

Bing Crosby got a telegram from the office of the Coordinator of Information (Colonel William J. Donovan): "General MacArthur and Brig. Gen. Akin over private circuit have wired us specifically asking for you to broadcast to the men in the Philippines at Bataan Peninsula" -by short wave—"embracing, if possible, in the script that you hope the boys gallantly fighting are listening. . . . You might, if the policy O.K., the sponsor and agency permit, dedicate one of your songs to the soldiers."

So last Thursday at 9 p.m. the crooner with the deceptively...