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Ernie Pyle killed on Ie Shima

The fighting man lost its best friend and greatest advocate on April 18, 1945, when Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine-gunner on Ie Shima.

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D-Day: Correspondents balance ambition, fear ahead of invasion

The classic bit that sums up the tension between the press and its handlers ahead of the Normandy Invasion first appeared in Leonard Lyons’ syndicated column on June 12, 1944: Shortly before the invasion began, Britain’s Ministry of Information was besieged by hundreds of newspapermen seeking credentials to cover the story. For a while the confusion seemed interminable. One disgruntled

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Henry T. Waskow and the Ernie Pyle tribute that made him famous

By the end of 1943, Ernie Pyle’s dispatches had become the indispensable lens through which Americans on the home front viewed their war. Though he was twice as old as many of the men whose toils he chronicled, Pyle’s humble, in-the-trenches approach endeared him to four-stars and grunts alike. All it took was a glance at a couple of his

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