Last July big, bearded, 35-year-old War Correspondent John Thompson (Chicago Tribune) parachuted out of a night sky into Sicily, landed in an olive tree, twisted a knee, cracked a rib.
Next day, able Michael Chinigo (International News Service) went into Sicily with assault troops, was wounded in wrist and arm by Nazi shellfire, moved ahead anyway, later entered Messina and Palermo with advanced patrols.
Last week Thompson and Chinigo received decorations. From the U.S. Army, which well knows the hazards correspondents face, Thompson got a Purple Heart Medal, Chinigo a Silver Star.*