To the millions of Americans on the home front during World War II, Ernie Pyle’s columns in newspapers across the country offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life and death of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle’s popularity and readership was worldwide, with his column appearing in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, I will be at the Pendleton Community Library, 595 East Water Street, Pendleton, Indiana, to talk about Pyle's career, from his birth in the small Hoosier community of Dana, his days at Indiana University in Bloomington, his career as a reporter, and his coverage of American troops overseas during World War II. The talk is based upon my biography of Pyle, The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle. Copies of the book will be available at the talk.
For more information, call the library at (765) 778-7527.