There were more than 1,000 emails and comments on our Facebook page about the article in our Spring issue about the 75th Anniversary of Ernie Pyle's death on Ie Jima (Ie Shima) in the Pacific. Here are some of our favorites.
I Was Near Ernie Pyle on Le Jima
I was about one half of mile up the beach from where Ernie Pyle was shot on April 18, 1945. We had landed a battalion of Army Engineers the day before on the 17th. I was one of the few on our LST who knew who Pyle was since I am also from New Mexico and he, Ernie, had moved there from Indiana a couple of years before his death. He had reported mostly in Europe and I believe this was his first reporting stint of an invasion in the Pacific.--Marion Jones, Albuquerque, NM
My Dad's Destroyer Took Him To Okinawa
Pyle visited my dad’s destroyer, the USS Moale, a few days before he was killed. If I recall correctly the Moale carried him part way, then Pyle transferred to a transport, which brought Pyle the rest of the way to a landing craft. Destroyers at Okinawa formed the outer ring of the radar and defense perimeter for the US invasion fleet.
--Paul Gregory Azpeitia, Long Beach, CA
He Painted the “Lost a Buddy” Sign
It was Pvt. Charles Spencer of Greensboro, NC who painted the “Lost a Buddy Ernie Pyle” sign where Pyle was killed that you published in your article. He gave me this picture of himself in 1995 and autographed it.--Monty Allen
How My Father Got His Purple Heart
My father served in the 77th Infantry Division during WW2. The only story he would tell was about how he got shot trying to pull Ernie Pyle's body out of the road. Dad did not keep anything from the War and didn't talk much about it. But I saw his Purple Heart metal when I was a kid. I don't know what happened to it. --Jamie Clark, Lakeville, IN
What a Guy!
What a guy Ernie Pyle was. European Theater, then the Pacific. Played so well by Burgess Meredith in "Story of GI Joe" with Robert Mitchum. Thanks, Ernie!
--Brian K. Gallagher