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April 18, 2015

America's Most Beloved War Correspondent

Renowned, perhaps the most so about his tender yet serious words regarding the death of USArmy Captain Henry Waskow in Italy, posted on January 10 1944.

Ernie had a simple, direct way of writing and he connected to Americans back home in a powerful way.

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Ernie Pyle with a tank crew of the US Army's 191st Tank Battalion at the Anzio Beachhead in 1944

An excerpt from his post "The Death of Captain Waskow".

"I donít know who that first one was. You feel small in the presence of dead men, and ashamed at being alive, and you donít ask silly questions."

Ernie Pyle was killed on the island of Ie Shima on this day 70 years ago. Shot in a hail of Japanese machine gun fire sticking his head up to see if the other soldiers he was with were ok. He stuck with the American soldier through victory in Europe and chose to follow on in the Pacific.

Ernie spent his life connecting families at home with their loved ones at war. The voice of the "dogface" in the field. The soldier's best friend.



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