|Ernie Pyle on July 17, 1944 TIME|
Ernie Pyle is known to many as the best war reporter ever. Especially to the GI’s Pyle wrote about. Some believe him growing up in a small Indiana town is what gave him his interest in the common person. GI’s thought Pyle gave the most vivid or accurate description of what the war was like to people at home. Starting with World War II reporting, Pyle wrote in simple detailed sentences. The words he used to describe scenery made a definite image in reader’s head. Some cannot explain which he did better: describing the majesty or horror of the war.
He provided an example of a style of romance writing in his account with the infantry in Africa. He said of some sort, “I wish you could see the pictures in my head…” then he went on to describe himself sitting on some blue grass looking at the rolling hills of North Africa as the U.S. infantry marched down the hills. The rest of the article deals clearly with realism. Pyle did not try to comment on the strategies used by the infantry because he didn’t know them. Pyle always wrote about what he actually experienced. This is what furthered him from other war correspondents. Pyle had a real grasp on the GI’s emotions.
He described the infantry who were exhausted like this, “I could not bare to look at them because it brought ache to my heart.” Then to really touch the reader, he said, ‘these may be the same men who we have seen walk down Broadway or Main Street.” That was Pyle’s trait to make it human interest and kind of homey. He also talked about what the GI’s went through when they were not in battle. He told magazine and newspaper readers that they even sunbathed. All in all, this particular Ernie Pyle story dealt with the realism these GI’s faced between life and death in Africa.
|AP Chinook Memorial Collage|
No account has tugged at more heart strings than a 10-year-old boy's plea that the media remember his dad who died in the helicopter crash. Brandon Nichols wrote a note on CNN's iReport on behalf of his dad Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols. With his mom's assistance they both typed: "My father was one of the 30 US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday with the Seals rescue mission. My father was the pilot of the Chinook. I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father. He is the farthest to the left."
In conclusion, We need journalists who can look at the horror of war and write in a way that we can see the humanity of those who suffer just as Pyle did and an innocent 10-year-old boy did in 52 words.
- population-we™ blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
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