Russel D. Brines

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Excerpts from the Gainesville Sun, 25 June 1982:

  • Russ Brines (1911-1982) was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and a journalism professor at the University of Florida in Gainseville.
  • "In a career that spanned almost 50 years Mr Brines reported from more than 80 countries and covered seven wars from the Chinese-Japanese War to the Vietnam War. As well as his work with the Associated Press, Mr. Brines was the first editor of the Copley News Service [in San Diego] and was an author and lecturer."
  • "He began his writing career in 1933 at the Hilo Tribune Herald and later at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in Hawaii before joining the Associated Press in 1939. While with the Associated Press, Mr. Brines reported on the Amelia Earhart story, the Chinese-Japanese War, World War II and the Korean War."


The University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center has Brines's papers:

Brines, Russell
Papers, 1924-1982
4 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Acc. # 08894

Russell Brines (1911-1982) was an Associated Press journalist who covered World War II in the Philippines and Japan and also the Korean War. He was an expert on Japanese and Asian affairs and author of the book MacArthur's Japan.

Collection contains personal and professional correspondence; research files on Japan, Vietnam and communist expansion in Asia; 3 scrapbooks; 1 audiocassette tape of a memorial for Brines in Japan; the manuscript for MacArthur's Japan; photographs of the Allied occupation of Japan after World War II, the Korean War and Brines; and miscellaneous memorabilia.

Letter about Noonan

TIGHAR has received a letter purporting to be from Brines to another journalist. The letter is dated 3 August 1937, and it speculates that Noonan may have been too drunk to navigate on the fatal flight.