It was 70 years ago Saturday that Ernie Pyle was felled by a Japanese bullet in the South Pacific.

He was 44 years old,a Pulitzer Prize-winner and perhaps the best-known American journalist of World War II.

To mark the occasion, a ceremony is planned at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, better known as Punchbowl.

A band will strike up the music at 9:45 a.m., followed by a program that will include the playing of “Taps,” a memorial address and a eulogy.

The sponsors include the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, of which I am a member.

Visit the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation for more information.

Ernie Pyle

Ernie Pyle.

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