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May 30, 2011

The Death of Captain Waskow

Captain Henry T. Waskow was killed in action in Italy, in December, 1943.

Ernie Pyle wrote these words about him, in his (perhaps) most memorable post from the war.

In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry T. Waskow of Belton, Texas.

His account goes on so sadly, but sweetly, to tell how much this young officer was admired, respected. Each man gving a different kind of farewell.

Ernie Pyle moved on to the Pacific after the war in Europe drew to a close. He was killed by a sniper on Ie Shima near Okinawa in April of 1945.

He wrote dispatches from the front lines, for millions of people back home. He gave them some idea of what their boys were doing, and going through. Beloved by so many and small wonder that.



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posted by Dave In Texas at 01:59 PM

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