Statement of Significance (as of designation - September 20, 2006):
Ernie Pyle was probably Americas most widely read and certainly best loved war correspondent during World War II. Often on or near the front lines, he helped people on the home front maintain their connection with the war and with the men serving in it. In 1944 he won the Pulitzer prize for the entire body of his war reporting. He and his grimy G.I.s, frightened but enduring, had become the heroic symbols of what the soldiers and their children would remember as the Good War. His death near Okinawa in 1945 was front page news across the country. This house was his only permanent home from 1940, when he had it built, until his death.