In Solemn Salute To Those Thousands of Our Comrades--Great, Brave Men That They Were--For Whom There Will Be No Homecoming, Ever.
- epigraph to Ernie Pyle’s Brave Men
Ernie Pyle was one of the most famous war correspondents of his time, and became popular during World War II by writing about the life of the average GI. His columns focused on the conditions of the fighting man; the everyday routines of the soldiers and the sailors he accompanied into battle. Pyle didn’t write about admirals and grand strategy, he wrote about the men as individuals, even noting their hometowns and addresses in his dispatches. To Pyle, the war wasn’t a proving ground for heroes, it was a place where ordinary men were asked to do extraordinary things. For many GIs, the war didn’t begin with an attack on Pearl Harbor, it began when Uncle Sam came calling.
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