Journalist Ernie Pyle shortly after being killed on Ie Shima, 18 Apr 1945

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1. Anonymous says:
5 Feb 2008 01:01:50 PM

i have a original copy of the same photo of ernie pyle. my father was a navy photographer on board uss panamint when it was developed
2. Mike in Colorado says:
12 Jan 2009 11:27:40 PM

The article does not state how Ernie Pyle was killed. I assume from enemy fire, or was it an accident of some kind?
3. Tim Friend says:
10 Jun 2009 08:34:24 PM

I just met a man named Ray Bailey who was fighting on the island of Ie Shima. He got to know Ernie Pyle and all the solders loved him.He said that Ernie was sitting on a rock writing notes when a sniper's bullet hit him in the head.Ray lives in a retirement home in Bloomington Minnesota.If anybody out there knows Ray Bailey please contact me.
4. eric says:
7 Jul 2009 09:00:14 AM

i am forty-nine and have a great deal of respect for my parents generation. i also have a healthy respect for the written word of true people expressing true feelings. to be a blogger is to be a celebrity.i wish people could forget iconization
5. Robin says:
10 Mar 2010 12:18:59 PM

My dad was with the 77th, though he is from California. He called them The Fighting 77th. He was a BAR man and was there when Ernie was killed - though not sure if he was at the scene of his death when it happened. Ernie is one of the few things my dad ever talked about of the war. He admired and respected him. My dad received the Bronze Star and the purple heart on Okinawa.
6. Anonymous says:
2 Oct 2010 08:15:40 PM

When I was a young student in High School WE read some of his short storys in English Class...Great Storys to read of the Soldiers life...1968...1975 While i was in the Marines I went to the place where he was shot and killed....They have on that small island a marker where he was shot and died...From also the stories i have heard He was friend and a Hero in the eyes of so many soldiers at that time...On the date he died he had sent a letter to his wife informing her he felt he was going to die that day...
He was Great...He was not a soldier...But he did a lot to help the soldiers...He should have gotten some Medal for all he had done...
There should be more Schools having the students read his works so he will never be forgotten....
Jim Tidwell
Non-Fong College
Guangzhou, China
7. Anonymous says:
20 May 2012 04:26:17 PM

He was killed by machinegun fire; a bullet struck him in the head.

No sniper was involved.

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