Memory Bank: Hundreds gather for film honoring Ernie Pyle

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A crowd formed at Loew’s Theatre, 35 N. Pennsylvania St., on July 6, 1945, to see the premiere of a film titled “The Story of G.I. Joe,” which was inspired by the life of Indiana native Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent. Pyle, who studied journalism at Indiana University, wrote hundreds of columns while embedded with troops detailing the lives of soldiers fighting World War II. He was killed on April 18, 1945, by enemy fire during the Battle of Okinawa. Indiana Gov. Ralph F. Gates proclaimed July 6, 1945, as “Ernie Pyle Day,” which included a parade and a concert before the film’s premiere.

Sources: Indiana Historical Society, Indiana University
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