Bill Mauldin

I said this blog would be about outdoor sports. Well, world war two was mostly fought outdoors so it qualifies.

When I read Bill Mauldin’s “Up Front” at the tender age of nine I knew I had to become a cartoonist. After all, I was qualified: I was a smartass and I liked to draw.


Mauldin claims he had at least one ancestor fighting in every American conflict since the Revolutionary War. He’s been quoted as saying he is most proud of the fact that every one of them was an enlisted man. Not a single officer in the whole bunch!

Surely his characters Willie and Joe still resonate with today’s GIs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mauldin cartoon 1 Mauldin cartoon 2


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