The Press: Reporters Are Tough

Out of the great, grey-green, greasy New Guinea jungles last week staggered an American newspaper man with a World War II record for hardihood. He was A.P.'s quiet, lanky Vern Haugland, 34, who had been missing for 47 days. Of the 100 or so U.S. flyers who have turned up after forced landings in the steaming New Guinea interior, none had survived so long.

On Aug. 7 Haugland flipped a coin with an Australian correspondent for a seat on an outgoing U.S. Army bomber. The A.P. man won. The plane used up its gasoline bucking a tropical storm; Haugland and the crew...

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