The World War II Photo of the Week
for 12 March 2001
|Ernie Pyle Meets A "Devil Dog" ...
Ernie Pyle (left), the famous war correspondent who had recently left the battlefields of Europe to cover the Pacific Theater of war, is shown getting acquainted with two types of Devil Dogs, "Somewhere in the Pacific." It was the first time Pyle, celebrated for his stories on enlisted men of the battlefields, met a Marine war dog. The dog was named "Jeep," and he was a scout and security Doberman Pinscher. The two met while Jeep was on a regular guard watch, near the command post of Major General Graves B. Erskine, Commanding General of the Third Marine Division. (Lynn White Reynolds wrote us on August 8, 2001 that the man holding Jeep's leash is none other than her father, Louie Earl White, of Atlanta, Georgia; the names of the other "Fighting Devil Dogs" in the background are not known. Lynn, who has a newspaper clipping dated February 10, 1945 containing the same image, also reports that her Dad (who passed away in 1990) and "Jeep" served on Iwo Jima, which the censor did not allow in the photo's caption at the time.) Official USMC photo, from the Webmaster's collection.