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Wanna learn how to cover front-line combat? Read Michael Yon’s column today on the death of a soldier. Written as clearly as Ernie Pyle, but without the sentimentalism that often crept into Pyle’s writing. Also, frankly, Yon and others, like C.J. Chivers of the New York Times, know more about military affairs than Pyle did. ...

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Wanna learn how to cover front-line combat? Read Michael Yon's column today on the death of a soldier. Written as clearly as Ernie Pyle, but without the sentimentalism that often crept into Pyle's writing. Also, frankly, Yon and others, like C.J. Chivers of the New York Times, know more about military affairs than Pyle did. What people tend to forget is that St. Ernie really was a career feature writer who spent a couple of years covering World War II. 

Another difference: Someone was picking up Pyle's salary. Yon depends on reader contributions. Like you.

Wanna learn how to cover front-line combat? Read Michael Yon’s column today on the death of a soldier. Written as clearly as Ernie Pyle, but without the sentimentalism that often crept into Pyle’s writing. Also, frankly, Yon and others, like C.J. Chivers of the New York Times, know more about military affairs than Pyle did. What people tend to forget is that St. Ernie really was a career feature writer who spent a couple of years covering World War II. 

Another difference: Someone was picking up Pyle’s salary. Yon depends on reader contributions. Like you.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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