2.04.2008

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Erinie Pyle Death Photo Found


On the third morning, a jeep carrying Pyle and three officers came under fire from a hidden machine gun. All scrambled for cover in roadside ditches, but when Pyle raised his head, a .30 caliber bullet caught him in the left temple, killing him instantly.

Roberts and two other photographers, including AP's Grant MacDonald, were at a command post 300 yards away when Col. Joseph Coolidge, who had been with Pyle in the jeep, reported what happened.

Roberts went to the scene, and despite continuing enemy fire, crept forward — a "laborious, dirt-eating crawl," he later called it — to record the scene with his Speed Graphic camera. His risky act earned Roberts a Bronze Star medal for valor.



Ernie Pyle is buried here at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and, once the rain lets up, I am going to go down for a visit. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while now.




Pau.




- hfs

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