State transfers Ernie Pyle home to nonprofit

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State transfers Ernie Pyle home to nonprofit

Ernie Pyle

INDIANAPOLIS

– 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.

The Friends

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.

The site,

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.

"Primarily,

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.

A nationwide

fundraising campaign is in the works to help ensure that the Ernie Pyle World

War II Museum will remain open and accessible.

Timothy

Cox is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin

College journalism students.

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