The Press: Raymond Clapper

"You have a sense of living in a world apart. . . . You live only minute by minute through the routine that carries you smoothly, as if drifting down a river, toward the day of battle." Thus Raymond Clapper wrote last week from mid-Pacific. Later, in a Naval air collision on his day of battle in the Marshalls, death came to the stocky, stooped, 51-year-old columnist. He was the 16th U.S. newsman to die in the harness of a war correspondent.

Ray Clapper was convinced that journalism is the most important of all...

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