(AP) — Indiana University officials are planning to honor celebrated World
War II correspondent Ernie Pyle with a statue on the Bloomington campus.
bronze statue will be modeled after a wartime photograph of Pyle, an IU
student in the 1920s, sitting on a crate, working with his typewriter on a
table, with goggles pushed above his knit cap, Provost Lauren Robel told
the school's Board of Trustees during a meeting Thursday.
The statue will
be placed outside Franklin Hall, where IU's journalism program will be
relocating as part of a new media school, The Herald-Times reported.
will be the third on the Bloomington campus. The others honor Herman B
Wells, who was the university's president from 1938-1962, and composer
Hoagy Carmichael, a Bloomington native and IU graduate.
Robel said the
crate next to the Pyle statue will be large enough that visitors will be
able to sit with Pyle as they can on a bench next to the Wells statue.
The Pyle statue
should be completed in advance of Franklin Hall's dedication in 2015, she
Pyle grew up on a
farm near the western Indiana town of Dana and attended IU, but left
before graduating to embark on his journalism career.
He was a
household name during World War II for his dispatches about individual
soldiers, and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944. He was killed by a Japanese
machine gunner on a Pacific island in April 1945.
The merger of
IU's School of Journalism, now housed in Ernie Pyle Hall, into the new
Media School has faced controversy, and a legacy committee recommended the
statue as a way to honor Pyle.
The statue will
be sculpted by artist Tuck Langland, a retired IU-South Bend campus
professor who made the Wells statue.