Ernie Pyle and Albuquerque

Photo of Ernie Pyle and dog in Albuquerque

Ernie Pyle and his sheltie Cheetah
(Photo Courtesy of the Albuquerque Museum, PA1975-63-888)

Why the famed war correspondent called Albuquerque home!

War correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper on April 18, 1945 on Ie Shima Island in the South Pacific. He was one of the most famous war correspondents in WWII. Born in Indiana, the only home he ever owned was right here in Albuquerque. That home on southeast Girard is now the Ernie Pyle Branch Library. Why Albuquerque? That question will be answered by our speaker Baldwin Burr on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

The program will be held at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Museum. Admission to the Museum and the AHS program is also free.

Baldwin G. Burr is the contract photo archivist at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. Mr. Burr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at the University of New Mexico, and did graduate work in the History of Photography and Museum Practices at that same institution. In addition, Mr. Burr holds a Master of Arts degree in Education. He is the author of Images of America: Los Lunas, Images of America: Belen, Images of America: Socorro, and Images of America: Historic Ranches of Northeastern New Mexico published by Arcadia Publishing. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Valencia County Historical Society, and is the secretary of the Historical Society of New Mexico. He also is the Deputy Sheriff (Vice President) of the Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners International.

Photo of Ernie Pyle and tank crew

Pyle (center with goggles) and a crew from the US Army’s 191st Tank Battalion at the Anzio Beachhead in 1944
(US Army combat photographer – U.S. Army Center of Military History)