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DiedApril 18, 1945, Iejima, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
FactCousin of Denver Pyle and Willis Pyle.

Ernie Pyle was born on August 3, 1900, in Dana, Indiana. His father, John Henry Pyle, was a Quaker and a strong influence in Pyle’s life. His mother, Maria Taylor, was a former schoolteacher. Pyle had two sisters, Lola and Helen.

Pyle’s early education took place at the Quaker-run Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He was an average student, but excelled in sports. He was especially good at baseball and basketball.

Pyle’s career began as a reporter for the LaPorte Herald in Indiana. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. He covered a wide variety of stories, including the Great Depression and the New Deal.

Pyle’s big break came in 1940, when he was sent to cover the war in Europe. He was one of the first American reporters to witness the devastation of the Blitz in London. He also covered the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

Pyle’s dispatches from the front lines brought the reality of war home to millions of Americans. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his coverage of the war.

Pyle was killed by Japanese machine gun fire on April 18, 1945, on the island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ernie Pyle was one of the most popular journalists of his time. His dispatches from the front lines of World War II gave Americans a firsthand look at the realities of war. His reporting earned him a Pulitzer Prize and the admiration of his colleagues.

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Full NameErnie Pyle
DiedApril 18, 1945, Iejima, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
EducationIndiana University Bloomington


AwardsPulitzer Prize for Correspondence

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1[on Olivia de Havilland] Her face was so beautiful, all I could do was stand and stare.
2I suffer agony in anticipation of meeting people for fear they won't like me.
3Nobody has ever refused to talk with me. Only one man has ever refused to let me write about him, and even he was friendly and we talked for an hour.


1Cousin of Denver Pyle and Willis Pyle.
2He and ex-wife Geraldine were remarried by proxy while he was covering the North African campaign.
3An only child.
4Pictured on a 16¢ US postage stamp in the Prominent Americans series, issued 7 May 1971.



Story of G.I. Joe1945books "Brave Men" and "Here Is Your War" - uncredited

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The Last Days of World War II2005TV Series documentaryHimself

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