Pyle himself often felt the same emotion about the dead he saw far too often. In Rick Atkinson’s recently published history of the Italian campaign, “The Day of Battle” (Henry Holt), he tells of Pyle watching as soldiers with pack mules brought back from the front a number of bodies, including Captain Henry T. Waskow, a native of Texas. Pyle watched and said nothing, writes Atkinson. “You feel small in the presence of dead men, and you don’t ask silly questions,” Pyle later explained. Later, Pyle described in a dispatch the scene that day. War reporting has never been better.