Ernie Pyle World War 2 Photo Exhibit
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So, on the photos I sent; the one of my Dad standing with the medals were awarded for the Atlantic Fleet Belt, Pacific Fleet Belt and I am not sure which is which, but the box in his hand is full of various medals also. The article about "Shaboo Training the Seabees" (I hope you were able to read it, if not let me know and I'll either type it out or try fax'ing it to you.) This was prior to go to the White House to train the police force and secret service personnel. (I have a letter from the White House thanking him for the training he provided.)
Now, the one of Ernie Pyle was taken in Saipan and the weapon was Not his, he was not allow to carry a weapon as a foreign war correspondent. One of the guys in my Dad's squad handed him the weapon. I also hoped you could make out the inscription at the lower right corner. If you can not, of course I know it by heart "To Eddie Shaboo the greatest little Jap fighter this Seabee Correspondent ever met."
The photo of the three men, my Dad was on the right, the other two people were men in his squad, I never know their names.
Anyway, I wish I could send you the whole album, so you could peruse. I also have an article about Tom Mix betting 10,000 on Dad to pin 3 heavyweights in 15 minutes. He did and Tom Mix gave him a diamond ring. Hoot Gibson's name, also, is in that article. He dated Ida Lapino's sister also at one time and I have a photo of her and him.
He did have a colorful past. Well, I'm at work and my supervisor was just checking on me. So I must close for now. Please stay in contact so I know how things are going with your write-up. OK.
Pyle: A Hoosier Childhood by Bob Bales
Ernie Pyle: A Hoosier Childhood is based on the childhood of Ernie Pyle. Never before published photos of the young Ernie Pyle and his family and relatives add weight to the story's authenticity. Ernie's story teaches us that it is most often the simple things in life that provide the glue in a community. Values such as honesty, persistence and concern for those less fortunate often bring the greatest honor to a community and true victories, as ever, are won by those have faith, perseverance and hope. A little novel with a great heart, A Hoosier Childhood is a book for readers interested in the forces that created a great American journalist.
About the AuthorBob Bales was a B-24 bomber pilot during World War II. Bales organized and operated the Air Force Operational Art Program as the official illustrator to the Air Force. After working for Walt Disney on several major motion pictures, Bob played a key role on the five-member team responsible for developing Pepperdine's Malibu campus. A Ph.D. in business administration, Bob still considers his greatest accomplishment to be his Eagle Scout badge. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
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