Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Monday, February 04, 2008

Ernie Pyle death photo surfaces

"This photo provided by Richard Strasser, perhaps never before published, shows famed World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle shortly after he was killed by a Japanese machine gun bullet on the island of Ie Shima on April 18, 1945. Pyle, 44, had just arrived in the Pacific after four years of writing his popular column from European battlefronts. The Army photographer who crawled forward under fire to make this picture later said it was withheld by military officials. An AP survey of history museums and archives found only a few copies in existence, and no trace of the original negative."
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We built an airstrip on Ie Shima back in 89 or so. I was fortunate enough to see the monument there in tribute to Ernie Pyle. In this picture it almost looks like he just layed down to take a nap.


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