Reporting on Ernie Pyle

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By Kirsten Laskey

The famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle grew up in Indiana but moved with his wife to New Mexico in the 1940s, just before World War II started. They made their home in Albuquerque and even though Pyle traveled to provide first-hand accounts of the war, he would make trips to New Mexico.

Eventually, Pyle’s New Mexico home would be transformed into the Ernie Pyle Library, which is how Richard Melzer became introduced to this war correspondent.

Melzer explained he went to graduate school at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and his home was located close to the Ernie Pyle Library. As a result, Melzer said he became interested in who Pyle was.

Melzer will share what he has learned about Pyle during his presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The talk, which is free, is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

In addition to speaking about Pyle, Melzer has also written a book about him, “Ernie Pyle and the American Southwest.”

Melzer explained Pyle has been placed in the spotlight because his work is unique. While other correspondents spoke to generals or admirals about the big battles, Pyle spoke to the GIs and wrote about their stories.

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