Radio: Death of Darling

The mountain road from Grenoble to Marseilles was soggy from the spring rain. An American jeep skidded on a curve, crashed against a tree and overturned. Its driver, an American more loved in France than known in the U.S., was instantly killed. His name was Bravig Wilbur Eugene Imbs.

To France, it was a tragic loss. Since June 1944, when slender, blond, esthete Imbs (rhymes with rims) established the first free radio for the OWI in Cherbourg, he has been the darling of the French air waves, broadcasting as many as five shows a week throughout France. He spoke knowingly of American...