U.S. At War: News for Miss Tillie

One helper President Truman needed badly was a press secretary to replace Franklin Roosevelt's seasoned Steve Early.

As they had for two of his other appointments in nine days, his thoughts turned toward the men of Missouri. A Missourian was available.

His choice: tall, stooped, scholarly Charles Griffith Ross, 59. Washington correspondent of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a discerning and fair-minded news veteran who has long had the respect of Washington's critical, competitive correspondent corps. In the decades since he was graduated from the Independence (Mo.) high school with Harry Truman, Charley Ross has served 16 years as chief of the...

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