This photo is on ebay now. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ernie-Pyle-Journalist-Famous-WWII-Correspondent-Press-Photo-/390604095870?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item5af1d1817e
From Wikipedia "In 1926, Pyle tired of working at a desk and quit his job. He and his wife headed out on the road to see America in a Ford roadster. The Pyles traveled more than 9,000 miles before Ernie returned to his job with the Daily News."
I just finished reading "Ernie's War" which is the best book about war I have ever read.
Here's a photo of his son's Gomer and Goober. :-)
Thanks for posting. As I recall (not always accurate) wasn't he killed in the Pacific theatre, after the war in Europe ended, and he worked a switch to continue covering the war? I think he was revered by the average GI because he lived in the trenches and accurately reported their plight during the war.
Thanks again for posting, as we approach Veteran's Day,
Yes Rob. After the end of the war in Europe, he went to cover the island hopping campaign in the Pacific where he was killed. While covering Pacific theater, he longed for the GIs in the European campaign, which he had a special affinity for (and they for him). By contrast, he hated everything about the Pacific theater as it was a wholly different type of war than what he became used to in Europe. Jim Patrick
PS. I agree with Dale and highly recommend everyone read "Ernie's War". It's one of those books you will not be able to put down.
Ernie Pyle's home was in the small town of Dana, IN just north of Terre Haute near me. His birthplace is open to the public.
Dana and the Ernie Pyle museum is one of the points of interest on the Covered Bridge Tour that just completed at the begining of the month.
Ernie Pyle is buried in Honolulu. I have been at his grave site. His wife is buried in a cemetery in Afton MN. His wife's family inherited (Johnson) his estate. I have been by her grave site many times as my wife's parents are buried near by. My wife knew his wife's relatives in Afton.
Ernie was killed on Okinawa on the small island of Ieshima.
I didn't know that Gomer was Ernie's son! SHAZAM!