Quotes from NSNC Columnists
Finally, I found it, sandwiched between two headstones on which were simply etched “Unknown.” There was no pile of flowers on Ernie’s grave. Just two vases with some wilted orchids and a rain-sodden lei.
I don’t want to get mushy, but finding little Ernie here, just about a driver and a nine-iron away from my dad’s grave, was, well, pretty intense…
I brushed some of the dried grass from Ernie’s headstone and placed a fresh lei of orchids and a cold can of Budweiser.
I was going to wish him Happy Columnists Day, but that sounded kind of weird. So I just said, “Cheers.”
— CHARLEY MEMMINGER/HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN
Maybe some guys from the 77th Infantry will lift a glass, too.
You’re welcome to join in.
I suggest this toast: “To Ernie Pyle. Simply the best.”
— BILL CAMPBELL/NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS