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A Memorial to Ernie Pyle, A War Correspondent from WW2


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from the 34th fighter Squadron Yearbook
Ernie Pyle was a famous war correspondent who worked on the island of Ie Shima.  He was finally killed and buried on Ie Shima with a very large memorial above his grave.  It was because of Ernie Pyle that we were able to feel the sorrow and victory of our soldiers as we stayed back here at home.
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Not long after dark the rifle shots started.  There would be a little flurry far ahead maybe a dozen shots.  Then silence for many minutes.  

Then there would be another flurry, way to the left.  Then Silence.  Then the blurt of a machine gun closer, and a few scattered single shots sort of framing it.  Then a long silence.  Spooky.

All night it went like that.  Flares in the sky ahead, the crack of big guns behind us.  Then, some passing shells, a few dark figures coming and going in the night, muted voices at the telephone, the rifle shots, the mosquitoes, the stars, the feel of the damp night air under the wide sky --- back again at the kind of life I had known so long. 

Ernie Pyle, war correspondent.

 

Ernie Pyle was a famous war correspondent who worked on the island of Ie Shima.  He was finally killed and buried on Ie Shima with a very large memorial above his grave.  It was because of Ernie Pyle that we were able to feel the sorrow and victory of our soldiers as we stayed back here at home.   While he wasn't any more of a hero than any of the soldiers in the foxhole, he was one of our greatest heroes at the same time.  He wasn't there to shoot the enemy yet he was just as instrumental as anyone with a gun.  Morale, information, that was his game.  He could make us feel good and he could make us feel sad.  Ernie Pyle's writings were the glue that gave us one voice, the cement that made us strong.  Ernie Pyle was truly a great man and with this electronic media, he will be ensured a long life in everyone's minds and hearts.  Read the story from Irving Mayer, I thought I killed Ernie Pyle.  

 

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