Ernie Pyle’s View of War
When Pyle died on Ie Shima in 1945, “In his pocket was a half-finished column describing what he’d seen in the war: ‘Cold dead men scattered over the hillsides and in the ditches. . . . Dead men in such familiar promiscuity that they became monotonous. . . . Dead men in such monstrous infinity that you came almost to hate them.’
“He didn’t mention democracy or fascism or attempt to explain the meaning of the carnage. He didn’t think that was his job.”
—Peter Carlson, historian, “Encounter: Ernie Pyle stumps Arthur Miller,” HistoryNet.com, 2014 (Thanks to alert WORDster Owen V. Johnson)
• Editorial Comment: Amen.
• New book: At Home with Ernie Pyle, by Owen V. Johnson, new from Indiana University Press.
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