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World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle is as relevant to journalism today as he was on April 18, 1945, when he was killed by a Japanese machine gunner while covering American forces pressing to capture the island of Okinawa.
Pyle, whose Albuquerque home is now a public library branch, “is a symbol of what great war corresponding really is, and you don’t want to go to war without us,” said Joseph Galloway, a war correspondent for more than 40 years.
“We need to come along, because we are the eyes and ears of the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends of those who put on the uniform and go into harm’s way under our flag, and on behalf of our country. If we’re not there, there’s nobody telling their story, and it’s too damn easy to forget them.”