Harold E. Clancy – First Lieutenant, United States Army Publisher, Boston Herald Traveler War Correspondent

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A funeral Mass will be said December 10,1997 for Harold E. Clancy, former publisher of the Boston Herald Traveler.

Clancy died Sunday at his home in the South Boston section. He was 77.

He began his newspaper career with United Press International after serving in the army during World War II.

He then became a reporter for the Boston Traveler, and rose to become its managing editor.

He covered the Korean Conflict for the newspaper, and received an award from The Associated Press for his accounts of 14 weeks of fighting in 1951.

A graduate of Boston College Law School, Clancy left the paper briefly to practice law.

He returned as publisher of the Herald Traveler to help in its unsuccessful battle during the 1960s to keep the license for WHDH-TV in Boston.

The Federal Communications Commission eventually transferred the license to Boston Broadcasters Inc. “to avoid a concentration of control of the sources of news and opinion” in Boston.

WHDH-TV broadcast its last show as a Herald Traveler licensee on March 1, 1972. The following June 18, the 125-year-old Boston Herald Traveler published its last edition.

Clancy then served for many years as counsel to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. He also was a paid political consultant to William M. Bulger, then president of the state Senate and now president of the University of Massachusetts.

Clancy was born in Quincy and raised in New York City. He served in France and Germany during World War II, and was awarded two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars for bravery and a Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Ernestine; five sons; two daughters, and 20 grandchidlren.

The funeral Mass will be at 12:45 p.m. in the Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where Clancy will be buried.


  • 1ST LT   US ARMY
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 09/07/1920
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/30/1997

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