William Bryan

William Wright Bryan, 85, first World War II correspondent to broadcast an eyewitness account of D-Day, died Feb. 13 in Clemson, S.C., of pneumonia.

Bryan was managing editor and war correspondent of the Atlanta Journal and a stringer for NBC radio when he became the first to report on the D-Day invasion of France from a transport plane on June 6, 1944.

Bryan went on the air immediately following a one-sentence announcement.

Bryan was awarded the Medal of Freedom, and was the paper’s editor from 1946-54.

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