Radio: National Anthem

"I'm no radio engineer," Private Lloyd Shearer told Lieut. Tom Sawyer. But, like every private who ever argued with an officer, he lost. For H. V. Kaltenborn's broadcast from Fort Bragg, N.C., Private Shearer was an engineer. In the New York Times this week he told his story.

WPTF in Raleigh and several other stations wanted to carry Kaltenborn's pep talk to the soldiers. That required remote equipment (for hooking into telephone lines). So Private Shearer journeyed to Fayetteville, found a radio station, accosted the engineer, and said: "By the authority vested in...

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