World Battlefronts: Ike & the Eighth

With Philippine victory proclaimed, the U.S. Eighth Army last week completed its first assignment. In action six and a half months, during which it rarely nudged into the headlines, it had secured its half of the Philippines. From Manila, TIME Correspondent William Gray radioed the Eighth's story:

Lieut. General Robert L. Eichelberger's Eighth Army was General Douglas MacArthur's invaluable Team No. 2 in the Philippine campaign. Built up quietly in New Guinea by big, jovial Ike Eichelberger with a staff which started training in Ben Lear's old Second Army, the Eighth went into...

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