ERNIE PYLE - FAMOUS AMERICAN JOURNALIST

Although Ernie Pyle does not feature in my family lines - recently there has been a number of enquires about monument photos of this person. I have one of his where he was shot on the island of Ise Shima, adjacent to Okinawa, unfortunately - I don't have the source of where I obtained it. From a research on the Internet I located these others (which I have placed here with their link sources for other Pyle Family researchers - as the Internet is a forever changing landscape - and these may also disappear in the future.)

Hint - to save your copy - right click over the image and "save as" to you own folder on your computer. If you want to save the whole page - Go to "file" left hand corner of your computer and use the save document (Recommend you change the title - I suggest you copy the title off my subject title of this forum by scanning over, right click. copy - then entering that into the "Save doc" title - delete the jeffpylenz and replace. This will enable you to locate topics directly by their subject name and update as they are added to.

Enie Pyle symbolised true friendly charactor and is best remembered by the heart rendering "personal" articles he wrote about actual people (no heroes) and there is more material around on this than on the actual Ernie Pyle. There seems to be few photos of his monuments or himself as he was behind the camera (not infront of them)

I have also quoted a few personal written lines about Ernie for reference for other family members.

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ERNIE PYLE-Personal account

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Following AWON member Roger Connor's description of Ernie Pyle Days -- August 11, 2000 -- in Dana, Indiana -- to celebrate what would have been Ernie Pyle's 100th Birthday, Charlie Bartels, a member of the 6th Armored Division, sent this letter to Roger that characterizes the kind of reporter Ernie Pyle really was.

"I met Ernie Pyle during the final battle of WWII, Okinawa.

"He was the Soldier's friend, he conducted his interviews right where it was happening, on the front line. That is where we met. The enemy was about 100 yards away.

"We were using flame throwers, grenades, satchel charges and machine guns. He wrote the story as he saw it happening, not at the bar in some Officers Club on a secured Island. We were still cleaning up the Island of Ise Shima, adjacent to Okinawa. Ernie Pyle was killed by a sniper that had not disclosed his location until that fatal shot. This was one of the hazards that we faced daily with this enemy.

"Ernie was so loved and respected by the troops that they found the means to build a wooden coffin for his burial, all others were buried in body bags when available. I believe he was a veteran of WWI or perhaps he had later Military Service. His final resting place was the Punch Bowl National Military Cemetery near Honolulu Hawaii, at the time I was stationed at Hickam AFB."

Charles E. Bartels

Special thanks to Charlie for letting us use his letter, and to Roger, for eliciting this important detail about Ernie Pyle.
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This is Ernie Pyle's tomb stone in a cemetery on Ie Shima.
by way of Chester Buckner


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Ernie Pyle Monument, 1945

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Izena-Iheya, Ie:
Izena and Iheya are mostly mentioned as a pair as they are divided only by a narrow strait. Izena is the island of the king, as it was home to Kanemaru, who later became the founder of the Second Sho-dynasty. Where his native housed is said to have been, a park with bronze statue remembers his roots on the island. On a precipitous cliff near the sea sit the ruins of Izena-gusuku and the Izena Tama-udun that holds the remains of Kanemaru's parents.

Iheya resembles Izena closely as sugarcane fields and cattle farms dot the landscape. Iheya hosts the Moonlight Marathon, a marathon run at night under the full moon, which gives off a magic glow.

Ie can be seen from Okinawa's Motobu and is easily recognizable by the conical "sugar hill" that rises from the middle of the island. One half of the island is covered by an U.S. military base. A monument commemorating the dead of W.W.II has been named the Ernie Pyle-monument after the war journalist who fell to enemy fire here.


LINK to view page Izena-Iheya, Ie

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Pyle stuff on EBAY

If you family collectors have been watching EBAY lately (May 2004) you will have seen alot of scarce family items appearing which you could add to your family collections at very good prices. I counted no fewer than 140 at present of family memorabilia.

Heaps of Ernie Pyle rare (1st Editions etc) books, some prints, paintings photos (even some of him and his headstone) plus heres a copy of a couple of papers issued at the time of his death.

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To learn how to make full advantage of EBAY - see my article and links to lessons in this section. Recommend you do it today and find those treasures quickly. JEFF

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More photos and info from Tjfuji@aol.com

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This image is on ebay at present - (26 August 2005) - Just go there and do a search for PYLE - Good Luck

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In the Pico Search engine (It will ask for information from your computer if you are updated - click YES) to see

PYLE search in PICO SEARCH

PYLE search in PICO SEARCH - click on this link

Theres 20 pages of document links to Pyle Obituaries.

CHECK it out - recommended

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Ernie Pyle Grave

Email and photos received this morning from William Pyle

Bill Pyle William R.
The Villages, Fl

Taken while he visited them many years ago (I would presume from the image types) here sharing with other family members. Thanks

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Ernie Pyle's grave in the Punch Bowl Memorial, Honolulu,Hi.


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Ernie Pyle's Childhood Home Destroyed

Discovered this article which may interest family members

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Ernie Pyle's Childhood Home Destroyed
By The Associated Press

August 29, 2005, 7:59 AM EDT

DANA, Ind. -- The Indiana farmhouse where World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle grew up has been demolished, shocking preservationists who had worked for years to keep Pyle's legacy alive.

The home's demolition in mid-August came after the owners had offered it to the Ernie Pyle museum in Dana, the state or anyone who would take it.
"All we asked was that they move the house from where it stood, because we could not afford to fix it up, and vandals were breaking into it. It became a liability issue with us," owner Gene Goforth said.

The hilltop farmhouse outside of Dana, about 20 miles north of Terre Haute, was where Pyle lived from roughly age 2 to 18.

"It's the place where he grew up and wrote about so many times when he recounted his childhood," said Evelyn Hobson, retired curator of the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site in Dana.

Laura Minzes, a deputy director at the Department of Natural Resources, said money was the primary reason the state passed on the opportunity to acquire the farmhouse.

"Moving the house would have eliminated its eligibility for any sort of National Register nomination," she said.

Pyle, who was killed by a Japanese sniper on the tiny Pacific island of Ie Shima in April 1945, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Decades later, he was awarded a posthumous Purple Heart.
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Two more links to Internet Pages on Ernie Pyle


The first link is to Ernie Pyle

his home town, Dana, Indiana
(Click link) - This is a large web page so please have patience while it downloads - recommended as it contains many superb photos of Ernie Pyle - his hometown - his house where he grew up (now gone - I believe) his parents - some paper articles etcetc.

I would recommend you save a copy for yourself (or the photos from the page you need - as they many disappear later) (I have)


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Second link is from an email I received from pyleken@comcast.net <service@snapfish.com> to view his photos on Ernie Pyle.

Click this link Ken Pyle Photos This is the registration page to sign in to view his photos. Thanks Ken

Cheers Jeff

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More items of Pyle interest on Ebay 4.2.06

Have you been checking Ebay for family items? - Heres some which may interest family members

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WWII newspaper Ernie Pyle death 1945 Indiana Marion

Marion Leader Tribune Marion Indiana, April 18 1945 , historical newspaper REDS NEAR BERLIN SUBURBS ., Yanks drive into Czechoslvakia , also a headline which reads , Ernie Pyle , GI's favoriate columists, dies in action. there's also a front page "Ernie Pyle Reports column. Okinawa. I'm guessing one of his last report if not the last. (12 total pages, appears to be first section. )shipping is $3.00. shipped folded.


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ERNIE PYLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/15/1936

ERNIE PYLE. TLS: "Ernie Pyle", 1p, 6x9. Portland, Oregon, 1936 October 15. On letterhead of the Hotel Carlton to Miss Randall. In full: "First, by way of reintroduction, let me recall myself to you as the roving Scripps-Howard reporter who came to see you last June seeking some attention from the medical world for the child, Kenneth White, of Wilmington, North Carolina. I thought you would be interested to know that I have just received a second letter (through the usual process of many forwardings) from Dr. Davison at Duke, in which he tells me that the child has been admitted to Duke Hospital for study. Dr. Davison says that externally the boy 'is worse than any child any of us have ever seen. We plan to continue the studies, but because of the advanced stage of his condition, I am not very hopeful that anything can be don. However, we shall do our best.' So at least the case has the attention of competent and sincere doctors. I am deeply grateful. And I am grateful to you, not only for your advice which resulted in Dr. Davison's interest in the case, but for your courtesy, and most especially for your understanding of the fact that a human being such as myself could be presenting such a case without any personal axe to grind. It was not until I reached your door that I had even bee received with common courtesy. Cordially yours." At the time of this letter, journalist Ernie Pyle (1900-1945), who has typed Scripps-Howard Newspapers, Washington, D.C. at the lower margin of this letter, was crisscrossing the country gathering material for his columns, which appeared six times weekly in the Scripps-Howard Newspapers' 24 publications (his columns would eventually appear in over 200 newspapers). Pyle had joined the syndicate as a roving reporter after serving as the managing editor of the Washington "Daily News". Not content with his former desk job, he and his wife, Jerry, spent two years traveling across the U .S. to find stories that were known for his simple, warm, human writing style. After Jerry became increasingly ill, battling depression and substance abuse, Pyle sought out his stories on his own, writing for the syndicate for seven years before he left to become a war correspondent - and win his greatest fame. Pyle wrote his last column in Europe in September 1944, the year he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his reports from the European battlefront. After traveling to the Pacific to cover the war there, the 44-year-old Pyle was killed by machine gun fire on the island of Ie Shima on April 18, 1945. Compilations of his war columns appear in a number of books, and his coverage of the Italian campaign was the basis for the 1945 film, G.I. Joe. Dampstained at upper left blank margin, paper clip rust stains at upper blank edge and lower margin beneath typed text. Lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.


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ERNIE PYLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/03/1944

ERNIE PYLE. TLS: "Ernie Pyle", 1p, 8¼x11. No place, 1944 November 3. To Wayne. In full: "I hate to have to disappoint you on the photograph business. It isn't that I wouldn't like to, but we have never got around to setting up an office system whereby any extra photographs are available. The only ones I have at home are the ones my wife has collected and since we do not have extra copies I don't think she would want to part with them. I'll suggest to the office in Washington that they begin building up a supply of extra pictures for this purpose. Awfully sorry and thanks a lot for writing." Written just four months before the 44-year-old Pyle was killed by machine gun fire (April 18, 1945) on the island of Ie Shima while covering WWII in the Pacific. Journalist Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) is best known as a war correspondent during WWII. He wrote his last column in Europe in September 1944, the year he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his reports from the European battlefront. Previously, Pyle's columns, known for his simple, warm, human writing style, had appeared six times weekly the Scripps-Howard Newspapers' 24 publications (his columns would eventually appear in over 200 newspapers). Pyle had joined the syndicate as a roving reporter after serving as the managing editor of the Washington "Daily News". Compilations of his war columns appear in a number of books, and his coverage of the Italian campaign was the basis for the 1945 film, G.I. Joe. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "r" of Ernie. Staple holes and rust stains at margins.


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1945 ERNIE PYLE "STORY OF G I JOE" WWII WAR MOVIE AD

>> ERNIE PYLE'S <<

" STORY OF G. I. JOE "

starring

Burgess Meredith as Ernie Pyle



Its ERNIE PYLE'S Human Story

of your G. I. Joe !

The real inside story of the foot-wear, fun loving Infantry.

As told by Ernie Pyle in "Brave Men" and "Here Is Your

War" more dramatic because its true !


MEASURES APPROX 13" x 10"


NEAT AD, FROM 1945..


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ERNIE PYLE: BOY FROM BACK HOME, by Ellen Wilson. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, Indianapolis and New York. Copyright 1955. Silhouette illustrations by Paul Laune. Stated First Edition. Orange hard cover. 91 titles noted in listing of series titles at front of book.

Pyle was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1945.
From http://history.acusd.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/erniepyle.html:"The American campaign against the Japanese on Okinawa still raged when a war correspondent new to the Pacific theater stepped ashore on Ie Shima, a small island just west of Okinawa. Traveling with a group of infantrymen, the reporter was killed by a sniper's machine-gun bullets. Saddened by their loss, the soldiers paid tribute to their fallen friend with a simple plaque reading: ‘At this spot, the 77th Infantry Division lost a Buddy, Ernie Pyle, 18 April 1945.’

”To the millions on the American home front during World War II, Ernie Pyle's column offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life, and sometimes death, of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle's readership was worldwide, with his column appearing in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers. Noble Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, a Pyle friend, perhaps summed up the reporter's work best when he told a Time magazine reporter:

“’There are really two wars and they haven't much to do with each other. There is the war of maps and logistics, of campaigns, of ballistics, armies, divisions and regiments--and that is General [George] Marshall's war. Then there is the war of the homesick, weary, funny, violent, common men who wash their socks in their helmets, complain about the food, whistle at the Arab girls, or any girls for that matter, and bring themselves through as dirty a business as the world has ever seen and do it with humor and dignity and courage--and that is Ernie Pyle's war.’

”Ernest Taylor Pyle was born on Aug. 3, 1900, on the Sam Elder farm, located south and west of Dana [Indiana], where his father was then tenant farming…Pyle disliked farming, once noting that "anything was better than looking at the south end of a horse going north." After his high school graduation, Pyle--caught up in the patriotic fever sweeping the nation upon America's entry into World War I--enlisted in the Naval Reserve. Before he could complete his training, however, an armistice was declared in Europe.

”In 1919 Pyle enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington. He left the university in 1923, just short of finishing a degree in journalism, to accept a reporter's job at the LaPorte Herald. A few months later, lured by an offer of an extra $2.50 per week, Pyle joined the staff of the Washington (D.C.) Daily News, part of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain.

”On July 25, 1925, Pyle married Minnesota native Geraldine Siebolds…returned to the Washington Daily News in 1927 and began the country's first-ever daily aviation column. He was the newspaper's managing editor for three years before becoming a roving columnist for Scripps-Howard…

”Pyle journeyed to England in 1940 to report on the Battle of Britain...later he began covering America's involvement in the war, reporting on Allied operations in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France...

”Although Pyle's columns covered almost every branch of the service--from quartermaster troops to pilots--he saved his highest praise and devotion for the common foot soldier. ‘I love the infantry because they are the underdogs,’ he wrote. ‘They are the mud-rain-frost-and-wind boys. They have no comforts, and they even learn to live without the necessities. And in the end they are the guys that wars can't be won without.’

”The Hoosier reporter's columns not only described the soldier's hardships, but also spoke out on his behalf. In a column from Italy in 1944, Pyle proposed that combat soldiers be given ‘fight pay,’ similar to an airman's flight pay. In May of that year, Congress acted on Pyle's suggestion, giving soldiers 50 percent extra pay for combat service, legislation nicknamed ‘the Ernie Pyle bill.’…Weary from his work in Europe, Pyle grudgingly accepted what was to be his last assignment, covering the action in the Pacific with the Navy and Marines…”

The much-loved war correspondent was so highly regarded that the toy manufacturer Hasbro marketed an “Ernie Pyle” soldier-type figure in its G.I. Joe D-Day Collection.

Condition: Library copy (stamped Madison Presbyterian Church Library; last dated check-out 3/1/64, typical library paperwork glued in at back). Later owner’s name written on first (blank) page and title page. First (blank) page separated from spine for about one inch from top (see photo). Mild soiling to page edges on right. Content pages otherwise clean and tight. Slight soiling on hard cover, spine mildly faded.




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Other PYLE ITEMS also found 2.2.06

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EASTON PRESS near mint KING ARTHUR GRAIL STORY nr PYLE

book "THE STORY OF THE GRAIL AND THE PASSING OF ARTHUR", written by HOWARD PYLE, published by the Easton Press. This book has all the fine features of a Easton Press book, black leather binding with red and gold accents, moire end-sheets, gilt page edges, sewn-in pages, hubbed spine, acid-neutral pages, silk sewn-in bookmark, etc. The book is in near mint condition. There is some fading to the gilt pages on the bottom edge and one scratch on the back page edge that is not very noticeable. everything else is great. No writing or book plates.


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EASTON PRESS near mint KING ARTHUR ROUND TABLE nr PYLE

book "THE STORY OF THE CHAMPIONS OF THE ROUND TABLE", written by HOWARD PYLE, published by the Easton Press. This book has all the fine features of a Easton Press book, black leather binding with red and gold accents, moire end-sheets, gilt page edges, sewn-in pages, hubbed spine, acid-neutral pages, silk sewn-in bookmark, etc. The book is in near mint condition. There is some flaking of the red accent on the spine but it’s not very bad. It was actually like that when I received it from the Easton press. Everything else is great. No writing or book plates.


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EASTON PRESS sealed KING ARTHUR LAUNCELOT mint nr PYLE

book "THE STORY OF SIR LAUNCELOT AND HIS COMPANIONS", written by HOWARD PYLE, published by the Easton Press. Still sealed in the original wrap. This book has all the fine features of a Easton Press book, beautiful black leather binding with red and gold accents, moire end-sheets, gilt page edges, sewn-in pages, hubbed spine, acid-neutral pages, silk sewn-in bookmark, etc. The book is in mint condition. Still sealed. No writing or book plates.


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The Wonder Clock - Howard Pyle 1888 1st Edition

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a 242-page hard cover book entitled HOWARD PYLE, A RECORD OF HIS ILLUSTRATIONS AND WRITINGS, compiled by Willard S. Morse and Gertrude Brinckle. Published in 1921 by the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts in Wilmington, Delaware. It is a First Edition, number 263 of 500 numbered copies .This very detailed book is considered the most important reference on the work of artist and illustrator Howard Pyle. The ‘Periodicals’ section identifies all 25 periodicals in which Pyle’s writing and illustrations appeared and gives much information about each article and especially each illustration (size, method of reproduction, name of the engraver when known and so on). The ‘Books’ section is in two parts. The first focuses on the 34 books which Pyle wrote or in which his writings appear, as well as the 1,089 Pyle illustrations included in them (574 from original drawings and 515 reprints). The second part identifies the 159 books by other authors which Pyle illustrated (1,122 illustrations in total, consisting of 588 originals and 534 reprints. Both parts of the Book section are organized chronologically by date of first publication. A final section describes assorted Pyle illustrations that appears in programs, bookplates, a print and a poster, mural decorations and important easel paintings never reproduced. Twenty-three Pyle illustrations are reproduced in black and white at the end of the book. There also are excellent indices (indexes), several arranged by subject (Pirates, Colonial and Revolutionary Subjects, and so on) as well as an alphabetical index. This is an exhaustively researched reference book that will enhance any Pyle collection. CONDITION: The paper spine cover is lightly rubbed. The cover edges are mildly sunned, and there are about ten white paint spatters on the front cover. There is very occasional mild foxing on the top edge, fore-edge and tissue separating the title page and the frontispiece (facing page containing a portrait of Pyle). The Pyle portrait has created a light mirror image on the title page. The inside pages are unmarked and in very good condition. There is no dust jacket.


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Howard Pyle:THE GRAIL & THE PASSING OF ARTHUR

Pyle, Howard - THE STORY OF THE GRAIL AND THE PASSING OF ARTHUR. Scribner's, not dated, probably 70s -80s. Facsimile reprint of the RARE 1910 FIRST ED. All the great Pyle illustrations, 25 full page in addition to head & tail pieces throughout. Book is NEW condition, dust jacket has slightly sun faded spine, otherwise nice, no wear, nicks, etc. In mylar protector.


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PYLE,PARAPHRASE ACTS,EPISTLES NEW TESTAMENT 1737 2VOLS

THOMAS PYLE

A PARAPHRASE

WITH NOTES ON THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES AND UPON ALL THE EPISTLES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

BEING A COMPLEAT SUPPLEMENT TO DR CLARKE'S PARAPHRASE ON THE NEW TESTAMENT

FOR THE USE OF FAMILIES

LONDON: 1737 THIRD EDITION

VOLUMES ONE AND TWO

VOLUME ONE:Original calf binding. Hinges are tender but covers are firmly attached.Spine is complete, gilt decoration, raised bands. Leather is sl.rubbed and worn on the edges of the spine but lovely patina and in good order for the age of the book.Gilt margins on covers.Title label is missing on the spine. Very clean-no marks or inscriptions. Occasional woodcut head and tail pieces-superb. EXTREMELY RARE.VERY GOOD OVERALL

Dedication to Viscount Townshend, xii and 476 pages .One blank original fep and rear end paper.Complete.THE COLOPHON IS PRINTED TWICE IN BOTH VOLUMES

VOLUME TWO; Front cover is detached.Spine has title label. Leather is rubbed and worn but again in good order for the age of the book.Tiny loss of leather from the edge of the cover. vii and 405 and index. Dedication to the Bishop of Norwich

Thomas Pyle (1674-1756), Church of England clergyman and controversialist. Eloquent preacher and strong Whig. Took advantage of the Bangorian controversy and gained the friendship of Benjamin Hoadly.His paraphrases of the Scriptures in 1725 attracted favourable attention from the low-church party and from dissenters.He made no secret of his Arian views on the Trinity and his position on private judgement probably prevented him from preferment to higher offices in the church. He stayed as minister in various livings in King's Lynn, Norfolk throughout his life, retiring to Swaffham in 1755 where he died a year later on 31 December.


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And thats just a few that that took my notice

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