Ernie Pyle (8/3/1900 - 4/18/1945)
Famed columnist and war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed on April 18, 1945, while covering the Battle of Okinawa. He can be seen spending time with members of the invasion force on board ship prior to the invasion of Okinawa, in this Universal Newsreel from April 9, 1945, filmed only weeks before his death.
The brief clip featuring Pyle begins at roughly 0:40 in the video below:
US Marine Corps Brigadier General Timothy Donovan, lays a wreath on the foot of the Ernie Pyle Monument. The monument, in Ie Sihma, Japan, Marks the spot where the famous journalist lost his life to a Japanese sniper, during World War II. The Monument was rededicated on July 22, 2000, to commemorate Ernie Pyle’s 100th birthday, 7/25/2000