(August 3, 1900-April 18, 1945)
Born in Dana, Indiana
Roving correspondent for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain (1935-45)
Won a Pulitzer Prize for his World War II reporting (1944)
Wrote the books 'Ernie Pyle in England' (1941), 'Here Is Your War' (1943) and 'Brave Men' (1944)
Killed in the Battle of Okinawa
Why he might be annoying
He left college a semester short of graduating.
He constantly doubted the quality of his writing.
After his depressed wife attempted suicide, he divorced her to 'shock her into realizing that she had to face life like other people.'
A year later, he remarried her by proxy (1943).
His last column was considered so depressing, it was not published at the time.
Why he might not be annoying
Scripps-Howard editor-in-chief G.B. Parker said his writing had 'a Mark Twain quality that knocked my eye out.'
He wrote about the war from the perspective of the common soldier.
Congress passed a law giving soldiers 50% extra pay for combat service in response to one of his columns.
His last words, addressed to a soldier, were 'Are you alright?'
The inscription on the monument marking the location of his death reads, 'At this spot the 77th Infantry Division lost a buddy.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2016, Out of 20 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 36 Votes: 5.56% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 23.53% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 15 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 33 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 107 Votes: 38.32% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 49 Votes: 36.73% Annoying
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