Times reporter killed covering war, August 18, 1944

Through most of World War II, Tom Treanor provided Times readers with
firsthand accounts of the battle against the Axis as his travels took
him to such places as China, South America and Europe.

This is the last story he wrote before being killed Aug. 18, 1944, when
a tank made a turn and struck his jeep on a dusty road outside a French
village that had just been liberated from the Nazis. He lived long
enough to learn that the doctor attending his wounds was from Los
Angeles: Capt. William Werner, 1402 Crenshaw Blvd. Treanor told Werner that
he was sorry he wouldn’t be able to cover the liberation of Paris.

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The Times established a journalism fellowship at UCLA in his honor, but
it apparently hasn’t been awarded since 1961. He also wrote a book titled "One Damn Thing After Another," published in 1944. Treanor was buried in an Army cemetery near Le Mans.

Other Times writers killed while covering violence include: Dial
Torgerson, Honduras, 1983; Joe Alex Morris Jr., Tehran, 1979; and Ruben
Salazar, East L.A., 1970.

Note: The Times identified the village where Treanor was fatally
injured as "Eront," which cannot be located on any map of France.
Possibly it was Ermont.

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3 Responses to Times reporter killed covering war, August 18, 1944

  1. john treanor says:

    I am one of Tom treanor’s sons.
    Thank you for the information and article.
    John Treanor


  2. David Peterson says:

    I never knew Tom Treanor, but during WW II I sailed on a Liberty ship named Tom Treanor. Took a load of sugar from the Dominican Republic to London and back. I understand the ship was sent to Bikini Atoll for the first atom test. I guess it rests on the bottom of the Atoll.. The ship was fitted with King Posts instead of the usual three masts. A great ship


  3. Sheldon L. McCormick says:

    Much thanks for the lost of the Times’ reporters and their courageous news coverage, along with the news media past and present.


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