These are photos from Okinawa. Many are captioned by my father. I have included the caption, in his own hand wherever possible.
I am adding the new material first. My brother saved these, and sent them to me in March of 2013.
This is the original material from which this page was created.
NEW YORK - The figure in the photograph is clad in Army fatigues, boots, and helmet,
lying on his back in peaceful repose, folded hands holding a military cap.
But he is not asleep; he is dead. And this is not just another fallen GI; it is Ernie Pyle,
the most celebrated war correspondent of World War II.
In April 1945, the one-time Indiana farm boy had just arrived in the Pacific after four years
of covering combat in North Africa, Italy, and France.
The Army's 77th Infantry Division landed on Ie Shima, a small island off Okinawa, to capture an airfield.
On April 18, a jeep carrying Pyle and three officers came under machine gun fire. All scrambled for cover,
but when Pyle raised his head, a .30-caliber bullet caught him in the left temple, killing him instantly.
Army photographer Alexander Roberts was at a command post when he learned what happened.
Roberts went to the scene, and despite continuing enemy fire, crept forward to record it with his
Speed Graphic camera.
His risky act earned him a Bronze Star medal for valor.
© Copyright 2008 Globe Newspaper Company.
This says, “White Beach, maybe where you will land.”
(not sure what that means)
Sunset in Okinawa