DANA, Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) have announced a bill to rename the post office in Dana, Indiana, after Ernest ‘Ernie’ T. Pyle, the celebrated war correspondent and Hoosier journalist. Pyle was born near Dana.
On April 18, 1945, Pyle was reporting on the U.S. Army’s 305th Infantry Regiment when he was killed.
“Naming the Dana post office after Ernie Pyle is one way to honor the important contributions of this celebrated war correspondent who made a lasting impact on American journalism,” said Senator Young. “I’m proud to join with my Indiana colleagues to pay tribute to this Hoosier hero.”
“Ernie Pyle is an American hero who gave his life in World War II and it’s only fitting to name the post office in Dana, Indiana after him,” said Senator Braun.
After studying journalism at Indiana University, Pyle served as a correspondent in Indiana and later overseas during WWII.
Beginning his career at La Porte’s The Daily Herald, Pyle would go on to receive the Pulitzer Prize for his distinguished reporting of WWII in 1944.
During his time as a war correspondent, he worked alongside our soldiers in the field to produce work that properly commemorated a soldier’s courage and sacrifice. He was awarded the Medal for Merit and the Purple Heart posthumously.
You can click here to see the bill.
(This story was originally published on November 25, 2019)