Sorry if anyone is offended by the above photo--I think as pictures of dead people go, this one's pretty tame. Plus many view him as an American hero, so I think it's important that we all see this picture.
See, I always thought that embedded reporting started with Iraq in 2003--but apparently, it goes way back, but wasn't called the same thing. Ernie Pyle was probably the most famous American embedded reporter of World War II. He was shot in the temple by Japanese soldiers and died immediately. It was 1945 and he was 44.
His intensely personal columns covering the frontlines of the war won a Pulitzer and the hearts of America. When he was killed, it made the headlines. Late last year I was visiting a friend of mine up in Burbank --we wandered into a used bookshop where they had an original newspaper reporting the death of Ernie Pyle.
Sadly, that was the first time I'd heard of the man. It sounds like he was an amazing individual. Sadly, the above picture has barely ever been seen and no negatives are known to exist, so I'm trying to put it in front of as many people as possible.
I feel like most Americans don't understand how important and how dangerous it is to be a reporter. Well, a *real* reporter. Not someone like Anderson Cooper or one of the idiots on Fox News, who have make-up and hair people standing by. Pyle was the real thing.
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