in the hometown of history's greatest war correspondent

About The Ernie Pyle WWII Museum

The Friends of Ernie Pyle Development Fund Inc. is a nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Indiana as a 501(c)3.

Want to visit the museum? See info on the Visit the Museum page here.

Our Core Values

The purpose of the Friends of Ernie Pyle Development Fund and the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum is to promote awareness and understanding of the legacy and times of WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.

Our mission

The mission of the Friends of Ernie Pyle is to preserve and share the writing and legacy of Ernie Pyle and those he wrote about in his columns while honoring and celebrating veterans of all military branches who have served and those currently serving our country.

The vision of the Friends of Ernie Pyle is to:

• Engage audiences by providing access to collections, exhibits and knowledge through programs, outreach and museum experiences.

• Embrace the ability of Pyle to share the story of the common soldier.

• Enhance the museum experience through the planning and addition of the Ernie Pyle Memorial and Veterans Park that will include ADA restrooms, combat healing garden and performance stage

• Honor the history and legacy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his efforts to secure combat pay for all American troops since WWII improving the quality of life for soldiers and their families.


The Friends is governed by a board of directors:


President: Steve Key
(765) 665-3084

Vice President: Doug Hess

Treasurer: Roxann Scott




Meredith Addison

Amy Clere

Becky Holbert

Rodney Idlewine

Jayanne Rumple

Ruth Witmer


Major Contributors to
The Erie Pyle WWII Museum

Eli Lilly Endowment
The Scripps Howard Foundation
The American Legion Department of Indiana