National Ernie Pyle Day honors legendary Hoosier journalist


Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) sponsored a resolution honoring the legendary Hoosier journalist Ernie Pyle on Aug. 3 — Pyle’s birthday. 

“Ernie Pyle’s renowned career reporting throughout Indiana and World War II demonstrates the work ethic of Hoosiers and the dedication of Americans in commemorating our soldiers,” Young said in a statement.

The Media School at Indiana University in Bloomington will be the site of events celebrating Pyle Day on Aug. 3.

Presentations include a talk by Tuck Langland, creator of the school’s bronze Pyle statue, and a one-man show by Pyle re-enactor Ronald May. 

Gerald Maschino, president of the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation, will read the Pyle Day proclamation. 

For a complete schedule of events at IU, visit 

In Dana, Indiana, Pyle’s hometown, recognition of Pyle Day will be a part of the annual Ernie Pyle Fireman’s Festival, Aug. 9-11. 

In addition to the traditional offerings — including a parade, bingo and softball — there will be readings to commemorate Pyle. 

The annual event is organized by the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum in Dana. 

Indiana Sen. Phil Boots and Rep. Alan Morrison, who authored and sponsored the resolution prompting approval of Ernie Pyle Day in Indiana, will read the proclamation signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb. Friends of Ernie Pyle Vice President Phil Hess will read work by Pyle. 

For a list of events in Dana and to read the proclamation, visit