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.
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.