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Walter Cronkite

Born 4 November 1916 - Died 17 July 2009

Walter Cronkite was a famous broadcast journalist and CBS Evening News Anchor. Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, he worked for local radio stations and newspapers while as a student attending the University of Texas at Austin.  He left college during his third year to work full-time at a newspaper.  He continued on in radio and became a correspondent for the United Press International. 

During WWII he covered major battles in Europe and the Nurnberg War Criminal Trials.  When he returned from Europe he was hired by CBS for their television news department in Washington, D.C.  He later went on to anchor the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite"  After retiring from CBS Cronkite continued his association with CBS with special programs and as member of their board of directors. 

An avid sailor, Cronkite was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and was an honorary commodore.  His close association with sailing and love of the Coast Guard and Navy saw him serve as a veteran commentator for various "Fleet Weeks" and "Operations Sails" events.


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