Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
As a writer of WWII mysteries that feature a feisty
war correspondent, I am fascinated by the true stories of the more than 125
women who managed to secure accreditation as war correspondents with the Armed
Forces between 1941 and 1945. This month I’m spotlighting Marguerite Higgins.
Although Marguerite only lived forty five years, she
accomplished a tremendous amount in her short life. During her career she
gained the respect of her colleagues, the U.S. military and the public for her
courage and determination as a war correspondent. She received numerous awards including
Woman of the Year by the Associated Press, The George Polk Award of the Overseas
Press Club, the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Award, and a Pulitzer Prize.
She was born in Hong-Kong on September 3, 1920, the only
child of American Lawrence Daniel Higgins and Marguerite Goodard. Her father was
a pilot during WWI and served in Europe where he met his French wife. The
family did not do well financially, but Marguerite was an excellent student and
earned a scholarship to attend the Anna Head School in Berkeley, CA. After
graduation she attended UCal Berkeley where she worked on the campus newspaper,
The Daily Californian. Bitten by the
journalism bug, Marguerite decided she wanted to become a professional foreign
Unfortunately when she graduated in 1941, none of the
newspapers or news services was hiring an inexperienced woman. Undeterred,
Marguerite went to graduate school at Columbia University during which she
secured a part-time position as a college correspondent at the New York Tribune. By the time she
received her degree in 1943, the U.S. was in the war.
Still unable to get assigned to her dream job as a
foreign correspondent, Marguerite approached Helen Rogers Reid, the wife of the
paper’s owner. Mrs. Reid arranged for Marguerite to be posted in London in
1944. However, Marguerite was determined to get to the battlefront. She managed
to get permission to go to Paris and by 1945 had land an assignment at the
Marguerite did not get to the front lines until the
end of the war, however she covered the liberation of Dachau and Buchenwald and
witnessed the fall of Munich. After the war she covered the Nuremburg war
trials and the Berlin blockade. Her career continued through the Korean
Conflict and the Vietnam War. She passed away in 1966 from a disease she
contracted in Vietnam.
By the world’s standards Marguerite Higgins was a
great success. She was a beautiful woman who became famous doing something she
loved, all while earning countless awards. But her personal life seemed to have
suffered in that she was divorced twice. Did she have regrets? Several comments
in her autobiography lead me to believe she did. Did she think the sacrifice
was worth it? We’ll never know.
Have you ever made a sacrifice you later regretted?
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A freelance writer for over
ten years, Linda Matchett also writes historical fiction. She is
currently seeking a publisher for her series about war correspondent
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