Friday, February 20, 2015

Summon the Heroes Who Touched Savannah, Georgia: Walter Cronkite

War Correspondent Walter Cronkite of the
United Press (UP) with a bomber crew of the
323rd Bomb Group, U.S. Eighth Air Force
and their B-26 Marauder
(serial number 41-31951) nicknamed "U.S.O". 
Left to right: Technical Sergeant Ceibert C Bragg
(flight engineer), Staff Sergeant. Enrique Zepeda
(tail gunner), Staff Sergeant Arthur W Brand
(radio operator). First Lieutenant Norman M
Rosner (bombardier), First Lieutenant Jack W.
Nye (pilot), and Walter Cronkite (War Correspondent).
Photo source: The Writing 69th

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Before 1997, there was an exciting buzz that rolled quietly and quickly through Savannah conversations when the beloved 48-foot yacht "Wyntje"**, owned by the famed CBS news anchor* Walter Cronkite, was spotted in Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways of the Wilmington River or Savannah River.

Walter and his wife of nearly 65 years, Betsy Cronkite were likely on board, sailing south in the fall to Florida or the Virgin Islands and while returning north to his summer home at Martha’s Vineyard.

These were not Mr. Cronkite's first moments to enthrall southern folks in the Savannah, Georgia USA area. 

The San Diego Union Times reported, Cronkite "seems to turn up everywhere, casting his lusty stamp of approval, glossing some worthy event with his gravelly charm and wit and making us feel better about ourselves."

THE MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE

On February 26, 1943, it was the charm, wit, and persistence of war correspondent Walter Cronkite that opened opportunities for him to fly on daytime raids into Germany with the U.S. Eighth Air Force. The print journalist was assigned to cover the escalation of World War II through the London Bureau of United Press.
Best known as Emmy award winning, anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81), Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (1916-2009) was often cited as "the most trusted man in America".