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Former UPI Chief Frank Bartholomew Dies

March 28, 1985

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) _ Frank H. Bartholomew, a former chairman of the board of United Press International who as a World War II correspondent witnessed the signing of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri, has died. He was 86.

The award-winning reporter died Tuesday.

He joined the former United Press as a reporter in Portland, Ore., in 1921 and retired in 1972 as chairman of the board of what had become United Press International after a merger with International News Service.

He became president of UP in 1955, succeeding Hugh Baille. He oversaw UP’s merger with INS in 1958 and was elected chairman of the news agency in 1962.

Bartholomew served as a correspondent in the Pacific theater in World War II, the Chinese civil war, the Korean War and the early years of fighting in Indochina.

Bartholomew was with Hideki Tojo after the Japanese prime minister attempted harakiri after U.S. forces occupied the island nation and heard his confession accepting responsibility for World War II deaths. Tojo was hanged as a convicted war criminal.

He was the last Western correspondent to leave Shanghai when communist troops took over the city from nationalist forces.

Among his awards for his wartime reporting was the Omar N. Bradley Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for distinguished contributions as a correspondent. He received the Texas Journalistic Conference Medal given at Southern Methodist University for ″12 years of hazardous and brilliant reporting of the wars of the Pacific.″

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Antonia. No funeral or memorial services are planned.

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