Republican Indiana U.S. Senators Tod Young and Mike Braun have introduced legislation to rename the post office in Dana, Indiana after Ernie Pyle, the celebrated war correspondent and Hoosier journalist who was born near Dana.
“Naming the Dana post office after Ernie Pyle is one way to honor the important contributions of this celebrated war correspondent who made a lasting impact on American journalism,” Young said. “I’m proud to join with my Indiana colleagues to pay tribute to this Hoosier hero.
On April 18, 1945, Pyle was reporting on the U.S. Army’s 305th Infantry Regiment when he was killed.
“Ernie Pyle is an American hero who gave his life in World War II and it’s only fitting to name the post office in Dana, Indiana after him,” Braun said.
After studying journalism at Indiana University, Pyle served as a correspondent in Indiana and later overseas during World War II. he began his career at LaPorte’s Daily Herald, Pyle would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his World War II reporting in 1944. During his time as a war correspondent, he worked alongside soldiers in the field that talked about a soldier’s courage and sacrifice. He was awarded the Medal for Merit and the Purple heart posthumously.