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A war correspondent – Memorial Day Post Five May 23, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in honor.
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Writes what is arguably his greatest post.

He wrote about the death of a young captain, Henry T. Waskow of Belton Texas.  A town just a couple of miles from me.

Here’s what he opened with.

In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry T. Waskow, of Belton, Texas.

What follows is one of the most touching stories I have ever read.

Here is another haunting phrase:

You feel small in the presence of the dead men, and ashamed at being alive, and you don’t ask silly questions.

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Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper near the end of the war, on an island close to Okinawa.  He was 44 years old.  And he was loved and admired by thousands of GIs and their families, who considered him one of their own.

It was a goddamn shame.

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1. jane m - May 23, 2007

Thanks Dave for sharing this. Even after 64 years, the pathos is powerful. What men they were…our GI Joes. Pyle had a genius for expression and can still make us cry.

2. Nice Deb - May 24, 2007

Very moving, Dave. It seems to me you’ve linked to that post, before.

Ace has a post about Al Qaeda torture manuals, right now. It’s all too awful to comment on….so soon after we lost those soldiers to them.

I can’t stand it.

3. Michael - May 24, 2007

It seems to me you’ve linked to that post, before.

Dave has previously posted about Ernie Pyle here and here.

Both are well worth reading.

4. Michael - May 24, 2007

Reporters like Ernie Pyle remind us of why we think a free press is important. It’s easy to forget that, when you look at the crap on MSNBC.

5. daveintexas - May 24, 2007

I thought it was interesting (I think like that, I’m a goof) that even in a time of heavy censorship, they gave Ernie’s posts a pass.

He wasn’t a war bugler.

He was a thoughtful observer.

That he was killed by a sniper in the war he had given his professional life to, is both profound and terribly sad. The man had so much more to say.

6. HTTP://Www.Weeklyvolcano.com/ - April 7, 2013

To jest w istocie sławetny oraz użyteczny kawałek informacji.
Jestem zadowolona , że trafiłam na Twój materiał. Dziękuję za udostępnienie.

7. pompy ciepla koszty - May 17, 2013

Serfuję online wiecej aniżeli trzy godziny dziennie i do tej pory nie trafiłam na tak
przyciągające forum jak Twoje. Osobiście uważam, że
gdyby wszyscy Właściciele serwisów dawali tyle z siebie interent byłby
bardziej wartościowy. Świetnarobota.


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