| (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after introducing legislation to memorialize a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Hoosier hero by designating the
U.S. Post Office located in Dana, Indiana as the Ernest ‘Ernie’ T. Pyle Post Office (H.R. 4734):
“ The art of storytelling ensures that history is remembered. It ensures the good times are celebrated and the bad
times are never repeated. Ernie Pyle answered the call to tell the stories of America’s fighting men and women on
the front lines during World War II. In an age when the average American had limited access to news, Ernie Pyle
risked, and ultimately gave his own life to ensure that Americans knew the stories of sacrifice and hardships our
fighting men and women endured.
“I am pleased to introduce this bill with the support of the entire Indiana House delegation. Dedicating this U.S.
Post Office in the memory of this American hero and Hoosier will help ensure his story and his legacy live on.”
Ernest “Ernie” Taylor Pyle was born on August 3, 1900, near Dana, Indiana to Maria and William Clyde Pyle.
Beginning in 1942, Pyle began reporting from the front lines of both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war,
from where he brought the experiences and stories of the everyday soldier back home to America.
Throughout the course of the war, Pyle was on the frontlines in battles ranging from Anzio in Italy, to the
beaches of Normandy on D-Day, to Okinawa in the Pacific.
On April 18, 1945, Pyle was reporting on the U.S. Army’s 305th Infantry Regiment on the island of Iejima when he was killed by Japanese gunfire.
Pyle was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism for his war correspondence, as well as the Medal for Merit and the Purple Heart posthumously.
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee serving his fifth term representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana
includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike,
Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.
David Chrisinger is currently writing a book about famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle for Penguin Press tentatively titled The Unhappy Warrior: Ernie Pyle and the Second World War. Included below are entries from his travels in the footsteps of Pyle.
In addition to writing about war and trauma, David directs the writing program at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where he teaches storytelling and political communication strategies to the next generation of public policy professionals. He is also a Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine’s At War Column and teaches memoir writing for The War Horse News, the only non-profit newsroom dedicated to covering post-9/11 military and veteran issues.
The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking a lot about how much the world has changed since VJ Day and where we as a country are headed next.
To help make sense of this critical moment in time, I’m spending the next year retracing the steps of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle for a book being published by Penguin Press. I believe the realities of war Pyle documented and the sometimes uncomfortable truths he brought to the “folks back home” need to be reexamined with a 21st-century lens if we are ever to understand the stories we tell ourselves about war and trauma.
Back in December I completed the first of four research trips–this one to Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy. Here’s me at the top of Djebel Hamra, outside Sidi Bou Zid, Tunisia, where Pyle watched the American forces take on–and get clobbered by–two German Panzer Divisions in the days leading up to the infamous 1943 Battle of Kasserine Pass.
Next month I will spend two weeks in France, and this summer I’ll be visiting the Pacific, where Pyle was killed, as well as London, where Pyle’s career as a war correspondent began. In addition to engaging with the mythology that has settled over him and his writing, in each locale I visit I will also explore what Pyle’s columns can tell us about the lasting effects of war on the people who are forced to endure it.
Above all else, it’s my goal to paint a thoughtful portrait of a man who found himself caught in the maelstrom of war, who tried mightily to make the unimaginable aspects of what he saw imaginable to the reader back home, and who struggled just as much to make sense of the gaps that existed between what he witnessed and what he could report.
And I’d like to bring you along for the ride.
If you’re interested in learning more about the stories we tell ourselves about war, please visit my new and improved website — https://www.davidchrisinger.com/ — and sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page.
Live from the Front is a show by actor Rick Plummer, portraying Ernie Pyle. Rick performed his show Saturday evening November 9, 2019 in Vermillion County. The article below is from the write up about his show in the Daily Clintonian newspaper in Clinton, Indiana.
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The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) has announced that Ernie Pyle of Dana will be one of its 21 inductees for 2018.
Ernest T. Pyle is listed as one of 21 veterans from- around the state who will be inducted ·this year. The induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 9 at the National Guard Armory, 9920 East 59th street, in Lawrence, Indiana.
The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame honors veterans for their military service achievements and community contributions. More information can be found at www.imvhof.com.
This is the fifth year of induction for the Hall, and brings the total number of inductees to 83. The IMVHOF received 55 nominations this year. Veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, living or deceased, were considered equally.
The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation created National Ernie Pyle Day and the United States Senate agreed to a resolution proposed by Indiana Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly designating August 3, 2018 as National Ernie Pyle Day. To commemorate this day the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation has organized a celebration that will take place at Franklin Hall on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.