Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Fighter ; Hechler's Battles

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Fighter ; Hechler's Battles

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Ken HecHler lived a long and amazing life Army colonel, World War II historian, doctorate degree holder, author of many books, adviser to President Harry Truman, university professor, longtime congress member, l o n g t i m e West Virginia secretary of state.

But his chief title was fighter. He spent his life in an endless struggle to help average families and improve America.

It began when he was in Swarthmore College, where he organized student support for President Roosevelt's New Deal - to the annoyance of his Republican parents.

In Congress, he fought for mine safety and other worker protections. He also crusaded against corruption in the United Mine Workers under murderous President Tony Boyle, helping challenger Jock Yablonski try to unseat the dishonest union president.

Hechler might have been killed in that effort. …

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