Typo corrected on Ernie Pyle statue at Indiana University

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Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:43 AM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Ernie Pyle's statue has filed a correction.

The bronze statue of the famed World War II journalist on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University had misspelled the word "correspondent" by dropping an "r." But on Wednesday, a bronze artist from Detroit fixed the typographical error.

The work was done by Giorgio Gikas, an art conservator with Venus Bronze in Detroit, The (Bloomington) Herald Times (http://bit.ly/1IJb25b ) reported.

University officials found the mistake in October, two days before the sculpture was to be formally dedicated.

The statue depicts Pyle sitting on an ammunition box with his typewriter, notes and a coffee cup on a table. Sculptor Tuck Langland, an Indiana University-South Bend professor emeritus of sculpture, has said the scene is meant to show how Pyle spent so much time during the war with average soldiers.

The school commissioned the larger-than-life piece as a way to pay tribute to Pyle, who attended the university in the 1920s. It sits outside the Indiana University Media School.

It's not the first time an object inspired by Pyle's heroism has needed a correction. In 2002, toy maker Hasbro Inc. produced new packaging for a G.I. Joe doll modeled after the war correspondent because the original packaging said Pyle attended Indiana State University.

Pyle, who grew up near Dana, left Indiana University in 1923, just short of finishing a journalism degree.

He was a roving columnist for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain during World War II, reporting on the lives of front-line soldiers fighting across North Africa, Italy and France. He was covering the war in the Pacific when he was killed on April 18, 1945, by Japanese machine-gun fire.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the Detroit business is Venus Bronze, not Venus Bronz.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com