(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation that he introduced (H.R. 4734) to honor Ernie Pyle – a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Hoosier – by designating the U.S. Post Office located in his hometown of Dana, Indiana as the Ernest ‘Ernie’ T. Pyle Post Office:
NOTE: Similar legislation (S. 2945) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Mike Braun (R-IN).
· Ernest “Ernie” Taylor Pyle was born on August 3, 1900, near Dana, Indiana to Maria and William Clyde Pyle.
· Beginning in 1942, Pyle began reporting from the front lines of both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war, from where he brought the experiences and stories of the everyday soldier back home to America.
· Throughout the course of the war, Pyle was on the frontlines in battles ranging from Anzio in Italy, to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, to Okinawa in the Pacific.
· On April 18, 1945, Pyle was reporting on the U.S. Army’s 305th Infantry Regiment on the island of Iejima when he was killed by Japanese gunfire.