Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This photo shows some of the first Marine combat correspondents of World War II — from left, Sgt. Al Monteverde, Staff Sgt. Sam Stavisky, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah O’Leary and Sgt. Bob Brenner. These men carried both a weapon and a typewriter. As retired Marine Col. H. Avery Chenoweth states in his book “Semper Fi, the Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines,” “combat correspondents would generate authentic on-the-scene stories. These reports would not only serve as a means to record history, but also as a way to keep the public informed and to raise the morale of the families back home.” Sgt. Monteverde, a photographer, was killed in action. Staff Sgt. Stavisky worked at The Washington Post, and Staff Sgt. O’Leary at The Washington Star until it ceased publication in 1981. He then covered the White House for The Washington Times. Sgt. Brenner was a photographer at The Star and died in 1953. Staff Sgt. O’Leary died in 1993, and Staff Sgt. Stavisky died in September.



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