Ernie Pyle was one of the most famous
war correspondents of World War II. Pyle studied journalism at Indiana University and left school to become a reporter for a small-town
newspaper. Later, after various editorial jobs, he acquired a roving assignment for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain; his daily experiences furnished him
material for a column that eventually appeared in as many as 200 newspapers before World War II.
His coverage of the campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France brought him a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in
1944, as well as several other awards. The motion picture G.I. Joe (1945) was about Pyle's coverage of the Italian campaign. He was with the
U.S. forces in the Pacific on Iwo Jima, and during the Okinawa campaign he visited the nearby island of Ie Shima, where he was killed by
Japanese machine-gun fire.
— Source: Encyclopædia Britannica