Elizabeth, New Jersey
War Correspondent, International News Service
PACIFIC & EUROPEAN THEATERS: Guadalcanal, Sicily, Italy
Richard is a hard-working, tenacious reporter for the New York-based International News Service. Ineligible for the draft because of his Type 1 diabetes, Richard jumps at the opportunity to report on the war, his only ticket to the front line. The graphic descriptions in his best-selling book-turned-movie Guadalcanal Diary open the public’s eyes to the harsh realities of war. With his attention to detail and willingness to put himself in harm’s way, the rookie combat reporter soon becomes a household name. But his new-found fame only makes him hunger more for the adrenaline of combat. In the European theater, he starts taking risks. After several close calls he is finally side-lined by a piece of shrapnel that gets lodged in his brain. He’s out of the war before it’s over.