Lou Azrael

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Lou Azrael
Born 1904
Died 1981
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation journalist
Known for Was awarded the Medal of Freedom for his war reporting

Lou Azrael was a journalist who spent most of his six decade career in Baltimore, but who also served, notably, as a war correspondent, during World War 2.[1]

Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson honored war correspondents, including Azrael, at an event in Washington, on November 23, 1946.[2] In 1949 he received the Medal of Freedom from Dwight D. Eisenhower.[1]

Azrael started working for his first newspaper, the Baltimore Sun in 1920, when he was sixteen.[1] During his career he worked for three other papers, the Baltimore News, the Baltimore Daily Post and The News American.

He was embedded with the 29th Infantry Division, and provided frontline reporting on its activities from the Invasion of Normandy, through the Battle of the Bulge, to Victory in Europe.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Louis Azrael, 77, a Journalist In Baltimore for Six Decades, The New York Times, 1981-12-22, p. 30. Retrieved on 2020-11-26. “In 1949, General of the Army Dwight D> Eisenhower pinned on Azreel the Medal of Freedom for his work covering the War in Europe.”
  2. TASK OF OCCUPATION DECLARED IN PERIL; Patterson at Dinner Honoring War Correspondents Says More Appropriations Are Needed, The New York Times, 1946-11-23, p. 28. Retrieved on 2020-11-26.