To the editor:

I read with interest Amy Knowles' story about the Martinsville D-Day veteran whose family has a Zippo lighter given to him by Ernie Pyle ("He couldn't leave behind his day at Omaha Beach," June 6). Pyle didn't have just 10 of those lighters. Perhaps he had that many with him at the time. Zippo kept Pyle with hundreds of lighters to give to the troops.

Owen V. Johnson

Bloomington, Ind.

The writer is associate professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University and can be followed @PyleFootsteps.