"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ernie Pyle


This 1944 bronze bust of Ernie Pile by Jo Davidson can be found in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"During World War II, John Steinbeck noted that there were two conflicts being reported in the press. The one getting the most attention was about grand strategy and generals, and the other was the war of the common soldier. No journalist told that latter story more poignantly than Ernie Pyle. His chronicling of the enlisted man's discomforts, terrors, and heroism touched civilians and G.I.s alike.

By 1944, he was as much a war hero as any combat medal winner. When Pyle died while covering the taking of the Pacific island ie Shima, soldiers marked the spot with a sign declaring that they had 'lost a buddy.'" -- National Portrait Gallery

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