January 14, 2013 · 8:55 am
Sad news: the death of Eugene Patterson, a member of the “greatest generation” who really was a great journalist. Reading his obituary in the Times and the version in the Post today, I wondered how many tank commanders go into journalism any more. (After facing the Germans at Bastogne, why would he fear the KKK?)
This undated photo made during World War II, shows Eugene Patterson, commander of a tank platoon as Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army drove through the German ranks. Newspaper editor and columnist Eugene Patterson, who helped fellow Southern whites understand the civil rights movement, has died, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. He was 89. Photo: AP.