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Monday, October 19, 2009

Ernie Pyle portrait

This is my Dad and his portrait of the famed WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle. The portrait sold for $1 million in war bonds in Dallas, and then the portrait was given to the Pyles in Albuquerque. Pyle's wife, who suffered from mental illness, probably destroyed it.

This is part of my connection with writers and artists, and I'll soon be giving a lesson on Pyle to the America's 20th Century Wars class taught by myself and Dr. James Baker, whose specialty is WWII.

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