The Press: Best-Covered Story

U.S. war correspondents had gone through their toughest battle of the Pacific war—Tarawa. When they had written all their dispatches, TIME'S Robert Sherrod sat down and wrote one more:

"Five correspondents went in at Betio with the first waves of assault battalions. They were United Pressman Richard Johnston, Associated Pressman William Hippie, Don Senick of Fox Movietone News, A.P. Cameraman Frank Filan and I. All saw men killed beside them in landing boats or on the beach. Senick alone suffered injury; a Jap bullet hit a tree under which he was sitting and dropped...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!