Ernie Pyle Photos
These Ernie Pyle photos taken by Ned Scott all originated from the process of filming The Story of G.I. Joe in 1944. Ernie Pyle had arrived on the set of the film at the request of independent film producer Lester Cowan. It was late in 1944, and Ernie had already been to the overseas war theater twice, once to North Africa and Sicily, and then to Southern Italy and France. These sojourns as a U.S. War Correspondent had served as journalistic basis for his two books, Here Is Your War and Brave Men. Ernie's role while there in Hollywood was to polish the movie script which had already been created. Over the few short weeks he was there, however, his presence became a story in and of itself. He lent a unique quality to the filming process because of who he was to all war veterans, serving soldiers and news-reading Americans everywhere.
Ernie had an infectious sense of humor which was on display while he toured the front lines in combat areas. He was no pampered or special envoy. Never shrinking from the sometimes brutal enemy fire, Ernie shared the privations of the regular army doughfoot by hunkering down with them as they took cover from shrieking artillery shells and diving aircraft. His willingness to get dirty at the front endeared him to his men, and when he interviewed them at slack times, they willingly opened up with their stories. Everything about them was important to Ernie, where they lived, sisters or brothers, where they attended school and such mundane facts. His style of writing was therefore simple and clear, but at the same time, it was eloquent.
New Ernie Pyle photos by Ned Scott will be added to the gallery as they are unearthed, and we hope you enjoy these that are here.