The Story of G.I. Joe

TitleThe Story of G.I. Joe
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1945
AuthorsWellman, William A.
Running Time1h 48min
Date Released06/18/1945
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish, Italian

The Story of G.I. Joe, also credited in prints as Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe, is a 1945 American war film directed by William Wellman. The story is a tribute to the American infantryman ("G.I. Joe") during World War II, told through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle (1900–1945), with dialogue and narration lifted from Pyle's columns. The film concentrates on one company that Pyle accompanies into combat in Tunisia and Italy. The friendships that grow out of his coverage led Pyle to relate the misery and sacrifice inherent in their plight and their heroic endurance of it. Although filmed with the cooperation of Pyle, the film premiered two months to the day after he was killed in action on Ie Shima during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945. 

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