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E. R. Vadeboncoeur Dispatches

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 24 Oct 2010

Biographical History

E. R. "Curly" Vadeboncoeur was an American radio and television journalist. He began his career as a writer for the Syracuse Journal, but soon switched over to broadcasting and joined WSYR Radio in Syracuse, then owned by Newhouse Broadcasting. During World War II, he traveled to the Pacific for a month as a war correspondent for WSYR/NBC; according to the Syracuse Press Club, "[h]e is believed to be the only war correspondent accredited personally by Gen. Douglas MacArthur." Vadeboncoeur eventually became the General Manager of WSYR radio and television station operations, and was actively involved in the expansion of Newhouse Broadcasting's holdings in states ranging from Pennsylvania to Oregon. He was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and was known as the "dean of Syracuse newsmen."

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The E. R. Vadeboncoeur Dispatches consists of twelve of Vadeboncoeur's dispatches, all from May of 1944. The dispatches were sent from various sites in the Southwest Pacific, among them the headquarter of General Douglas C. MacArthur. Topics of the reports include accounts of amphibious landings, accompanying pilots on combat and bomber missions, and a lengthy visit with MacArthur himself.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Subject Headings


MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
Vadeboncoeur, E. R.

Corporate Bodies

National Broadcasting Company.
WSYR (Radio station : Syracuse, N.Y.)


War correspondents -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Journalists.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.

Genres and Forms

News bulletins.


War correspondents.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

E. R. Vadeboncoeur Dispatches,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2011.

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