Ernie Pyle, American journalist during World War II. Working as a war correspondent, he was killed by Japanese machine gun fire April 18, 1945,on Ie Shima, a small island near Okinawa in the South Pacific. He was 44 years old. Photo provided by The Hoosier State Press Association

Banks Introduces Resolution Honoring Pulitzer Prize-Winning WWII Correspondent Ernie Pyle

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) introduced H. Res. 648 last night to designate August 3, 2018 as “National Ernie Pyle Day” in honor of native Hoosier and Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle.

“Ernie Pyle is one of the most beloved and respected war correspondents in our nation’s history,” said Banks. “His reporting consistently showed the courage and sacrifices of our nation’s service members during World War II. There is no better way to celebrate the legacy of this distinguished Hoosier than to dedicate a national day in his honor.”

Indiana Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly previously introduced a Senate version of the resolution.  

After studying journalism at Indiana University, Ernie Pyle, served as a correspondent in Indiana and later overseas during World War II. Beginning his career at La Porte’s The Daily Herald, Mr. Pyle would go on to receive the Pulitzer Prize for his distinguished reporting of WWII in 1944.  During his tenure as a war correspondent, he worked alongside our soldiers in the field to produce work that properly commemorated a soldier’s courage and sacrifice.


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