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Cronkite remembered at funeral

Walter CronkiteWalter Cronkite was remembered as a great newsman, sailor, friend and father during Thursday’s funeral for the CBS anchor.

“I was often asked, what he’s really like? And I would always answer, `He’s just the way you hope he is,'” said Mike Ashford, a Cronkite friend of more than 30 years and one of the speakers.

Another speaker, longtime CBS newsman Andy Rooney, recalled meeting Cronkite when they both were in England covering World War II.

“You get to know someone pretty well in a war,” said Rooney.

“I just feel so terrible about Walter’s death that I can hardly say anything,” he admitted, and excused himself.

For his reporting, Cronkite came to be called “the most trusted man in America” and was widely considered the premier TV journalist of his time. He anchored The CBS Evening News from 1962 until 1981.

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