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   Ralph Reeves Pyle, Jr.
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War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army; Army
Unit: 834th Anti-aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion, 516th AAA Battery
Service Location: Pacific Theater; Camp Haan, California; Camp Irwin, California; Hawaii; also: Korea
Rank: Staff Sergeant; Staff Sergeant
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»Photo Album  (59 photos)
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 Official Documents
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 Other Materials
»Biography for induction into Indiana Photography Hall of Fame. Pyle was inducted into the Hall of Fame in February 2001.
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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (8 items)
His hobby of building airplane models equipped him to teach enemy plane recognition. (01:19) Developing his photography skills in the Army, snapping the stars on their visits to the Hollywood Canteen. (01:29) During the Korean War, Pyle, now a staff sergeant, chose photography over aircraft recognition, which he thought would have placed him with the infantry. (02:36)
Unable to document the retreat from the Chinese, since he had not been issued a camera. (02:20) As a licensed pilot, he was a perfect choice for aerial photography. (01:50) Received the Bronze Star for his efforts as an aerial combat photographer. (03:15)
In addition to documenting aerial combat and USO tours, he photographed the first round of peace talks; though not credited, Pyle can compare published images to his originals. (01:29) His photography skills came in handy when it came to bartering. (01:14) 
 Memoirs (3 items)
Untitled memoir of Ralph Pyle Memoir, "Combat Photographer RalphPyle" Memoir, "Focus on Ralph Pyle: WWII and Korean Combat Photographer"
 Official Documents (2 items)
Letter and citation for award of the Bronze Star medal General Orders No. 178 [11/3/1951] 

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