Foreign News: Wincheil in Brazil

Chauvinistic Columnist Walter Winchell had his mind and heart in the war long before it came to the nation on Dec. 7, 1941. A lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, he immediately asked for active duty. After some voluntary public-relations duties in New York City and four beseeching trips to Washington, the Navy finally, on Dec. 1, 1942, ordered him to report for active duty to the Commander of the South Atlantic Force at Recife, Brazil.

At a stopover in Miami, a photographer wanted to take the customary picture. Winchell asked him not to,...

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