– The state has transferred ownership of Ernie Pyle's home and an
adjacent museum to a nonprofit group that will now operate both for tourists.
of Ernie Pyle are taking over the Hoosier journalist's home in Dana, which had
previously been operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and
Indiana State Museum. The group formed after state officials decided in 2009 to
close the facility.
located in Dana, is dedicated to Pyle's time as a World War II correspondent
after the state stopped operating the property in 2009. It has been renamed the
Ernie Pyle World War II Museum and will focus on teaching visitors about World
War II and the generation of American men and women who fought it.
the museum will always exist to honor and commemorate Dana's native son, Ernie
Pyle," said Cynthia Myers, president of the Friends of Ernie Pyle. "But we also
want to use this special place to honor all World War II veterans and their
place in history. We think Ernie would have wanted it that way."
Pyle died at
age 44 on April 18, 1945, when on assignment as a war correspondent. He was
struck by a machine gunner's bullet on Ie Shima, a small island near Okinawa in
the South Pacific.
fundraising campaign is in the works to help ensure that the Ernie Pyle World
War II Museum will remain open and accessible.
Cox is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin
College journalism students.