Scumbag gossip columnist of the 1940s and 1950s who ruined reputations for some people and groups of people who didn't deserve it. Due to his unnecessary and completely false accusations lodged against the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II, the men who served there were denied veterans benefits or even positive reputations until most of them died or were too old to have use for them. Assholes in Hollywood thought it would be honorable to make a movie in his honor in 1998, when all he deserves is an unmarked grave and obscurity from history.
"The U.S. Merchant Marine had the highest casualty ratio of any service in WW2, even higher than the Marine Corps, but thanks to Walter Winchell, they were accused of things that were not true, and until 1990 they were denied veteran's benefits or any real credit for winning the war, cause without them, the allies would have CERTAINLY lost the war."
by DasBoot85 November 26, 2007