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      Bedford Co. Honors Pioneer in Military Broadcasting

      Bedford Co., VA - The man regarded as the pioneer in military broadcasting will be remembered Friday in Bedford County.

      Colonel Robert Cranston passed away Sunday at 93.

      After WWII, Cranston's military career focused on establishing the Armed Forces Network Europe.

      Cranston went on to work in Armed Forces Television and Radio in Los Angeles, New York City and at the Pentagon.

      He also served as President Eisenhower's Press Secretary during the formation of NATO.

      Cranston retired to Smith Mountain Lake in 1982.

      A celebration of Cranston's life is Friday at 3 p.m. at the Saunders Volunteer Fire House. The burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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