D-Day and the Oldfield Effect

A look back at the war correspondents recruited by Nebraskan and US Army press officer Barney Oldfield, including Omaha’s Bob Reuben, a Reuters news correspondent. Reuben was the first journalist to land in Normandy and the first correspondent to file a news report with a Normandy dateline, sent by carrier pigeon to Barney Oldfield 150 miles away.

In 1957, Bob Reuben sent Barney Oldfield a letter describing his experience as the first war correspondent to arrive in Normandy during D-Day, including sending his first Normandy story out to the world via carrier pigeon.

Barney McCoy


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