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Remembering Veterans through the words of Ernie Pyle

 

November 11, 2020

This memorial is dedicated to the American war reporter Ernest Taylor Pyle who was killed by enemy machine gun fire during the Battle of Okinawa (1.4.1945 - 23.6.1945). The text on the memorials reads: "AT THIS SPOT THE 77TH INFANTRY DIVISION LOST A BUDDY ERNIE PYLE 18 APRIL, 1945"

The son of tenant farming parents in west-central Indiana, Ernie Pyle became history's greatest war correspondent. When Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gun bullet on the tiny Pacific island of Ie Shima in 1945, his columns were being delivered to more than 14 million homes according to his New York Times obituary.

During the war, Pyle wrote about the hardships and bravery of the common soldier, not grand strategy. His description of the G.I.'s life was more important to families on the...



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