A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 22, 1945

Dear Subscriber

On Jan. 2, William Henry Chickering, TIME war correspondent in the South Pacific, filed his last dispatch: "It is my hunch that [the Japs at Lingayen] won't react very favorably, may even retreat to the hills and make our initial success easy. . . ." His hunch was right, but he wasn't there to see for himself. On Jan. 6 he was killed by enemy air action in Lingayen Gulf. He was standing on the bridge of a warship; he and the British liaison officer, General Lumsden (see WORLD BATTLEFRONTS), were killed at the same moment.

Chickering was only 28—young in...

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