TERRE HAUTE —
Cheers today to Indiana University, which says it will, at long last, honor Indiana favorite son Ernie Pyle, the famed World War II correspondent, with a bronze statue on the Bloomington campus.
It’s not that Pyle hasn’t had a place of reverence on campus before. The journalism building in front of the Indiana Memorial Union is named after him.
But when the university announced last year it was merging the journalism school into a new media school and moving it away from Ernie Pyle Hall, some wondered if IU would continue to recognize Pyle in any significant way.
The statue, to be placed in front of the new Franklin Hall where journalism will be housed, will do so.
News reports indicate the statue will be modeled after a photograph of Pyle during the war sitting on a crate, working with his typewriter on a table, with goggles pushed above his knit cap.
Pyle, of course, grew up in the Vermillion County town of Dana and attended IU before embarking on his journalism career. He died during combat in 1945.
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