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Born: August 3, 1900 - Near Dana, Indiana
Died: April 18, 1945 - Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands

Pyle studied journalism at Indiana University and left school to become a reporter for a small-town newspaper. In 1935, after various editorial jobs, he acquired a roving assignment for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain;
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his daily experiences furnished him material for a column that eventually appeared in as many as 200 newspapers.

His coverage of the World War II military campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France brought him a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 and several other awards. His columns were greatly popular, mainly because of his understanding of the ordinary soldier in war. He was with the U.S. forces in the Pacific on Iwo Jima; during the Okinawa campaign he visited the nearby island of Ie Shima, where he was killed at 44 by Japanese machine-gun fire.

Works by Ernie Pyle
Home Country
Ernie Pyle in England (1941)
Here is Your War (1943)
Brave Men (1944)
Last Chapter (1946)
Compilations of Pyle's columns appeared in Ernie Pyle in England (1941), Here Is Your War (1943), Brave Men (1944), and Last Chapter (1946). The movie G.I. Joe (1945) was about his coverage of the Italian campaign.

Web sites about Ernie Pyle
Indiana Historical Society Ernie Pyle

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