IU plans statue of WWII journalist Ernie Pyle

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana University officials are planning to honor celebrated World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle with a statue on the Bloomington campus.The life-size 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 (http://bit.ly/1eVQKqr ).Pyle's statue 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 said.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.