By: E&P Staff
Ernie Pyle’s boyhood home outside of Dana, Ind., has been demolished. The legendary columnist/war correspondent had lived there from age 2 to 18.
Mike Leonard — a columnist for The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind. — called the razing “tragic” in an article posted on the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) Web site.
Efforts to move the house, which had been vandalized, were not successful, according to Leonard’s story. One possibility had been to relocate the house to the site in Dana where Pyle’s birth home and a Pyle museum are located.
Leonard also wrote that the museum is struggling because it’s not in a heavily traveled area and because many World War II veterans are dying off.
The NSNC, of which Leonard is the immediate past president, named its lifetime achievement award after Pyle. And the organization celebrates National Columnists Day each year on April 18 — the date Pyle was killed in 1945 while covering World War II.