August 3, 2020

Young Pays Tribute to Hoosier Ernie Pyle on Third Annual Ernie Pyle Day

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, August 3, 2020, marks the third annual National Ernie Pyle Day, in remembrance of the celebrated war correspondent and Hoosier journalist. In 2018, Senator Young co-authored a resolution with former Senator Donnelly establishing August 3rd, Pyle’s Birthday, as National Ernie Pyle Day. 

“Ernie Pyle’s renowned career reporting during World War II demonstrates the work ethic of Hoosiers and the dedication of Americans in commemorating our military,” said Senator Young. “I am honored to celebrate this important Hoosier and his lasting contributions to our state and nation.”

After studying journalism at Indiana University, Ernie Pyle, served as a beloved correspondent in Indiana and later overseas during World War II. Beginning his career at La Porte’s The Daily Herald, Mr. Pyle would go on to receive the Pulitzer Prize for his distinguished reporting of World War II in 1944.  During his tenure as a war correspondent, he worked alongside our soldiers in the field to produce work that properly commemorated a soldier’s courage and sacrifice.

Additionally, in 2019, Senator Young sponsored legislation to rename the post office in Dana, Indiana, to honor the important contributions on American journalism who was born near Dana.