Saturday, June 5, 1943
Today the paper reported that Ensign Nile Kinnick, famed University of Iowa All-American, an “Iron Man” of the 1939 team, died “as he lived” when his plane crashed in the Mediterranean. (Watch the video of his exploits on the football field.) Even as such deaths made the news, Americans could sense the tide turning in Europe. There were now over 36,000 German prisoners in 21 American camps. While Axis propaganda hailed every day’s delay of an invasion as a victory, the Allies were already looking to the next phase of war in the Pacific and squabbling over how to shape the post-war world.