Monday, July 25, 2011

Remembering Ernie Pyle - Helena

On Easter Sunday — April 1 — we reached Okinawa, the site of one of the Pacific’s bloodiest battles, an 82-day epic resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.

“That’s where we really, as far as the fleet in concerned, took our major losses,” There were kamikaze attacks, casualties and burials at sea, which, make quite an impression.

Around that time, there were rumors that Pyle was on board, one of three war correspondents along.  “Pyle had a personality that preceded him,” Tooze said. “He was a unique individual.”

"Pyle’s trip to the far Pacific was going to be his last operation, he said as he left Guam. He went ashore with Marines at Okinawa, and then wanted to go ashore at Ie Shima, an island group a few miles west of Okinawa....

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