Thanks CC, those are pretty darn good
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You'll be dating yourself if you admit you remember the Willie & Joe cartoons, by the late WW2 correspondent Bill Mauldin, originally published in Stars & Stripes.
I remember them well.
Click here for a nostalgia trip.
As an aside, the late Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, was a friend of Bill Mauldin. On Veterans Day, Snoopy would always go to Bill's house to quaff a few root beers and tell war stories.
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.
"I feel like a fugitive from th' law of averages."
Too dang good!
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
Mauldin was one of a kind! If you get the chance, read "The Brass Ring", his autobiography, and "Up Front", a chronicle of WWII action and anecdotes.
Any infantryman can appreciate the humor and reality of Willie and Joe.
"We're paratroopers. We're supposed to be surrounded!" Dick Winters
I have an original Up Front by Bill Mauldin, Fifth printing, First Edition, May 1945 given by my Grandparents to my Father September 13, 1945 upon his return from the European Theater.
One of the really treasured keepsakes I have. I've read it numerous times.
They still make me laugh, and remember my Grandmother and my Dad.
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.
I have a copy of a paperback book by Bill Mauldin called "Mud & Guts A look at the common soldier of the American Revolution". It was a special edition book printed for the National Park Service in 1978. Don't know if it's still available, but I got mine!!
Think Willie and Joe, but about 200 years earlier.
EOD - Initial success or total failure
I hope theres a View for the Enlisted here........
quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
I've got a book, I can't remember the name now, but I'll look it up later of all the Willie & Joe comics from WWII.
The jokes are just priceless.
It takes a college degree to break'em;
and a high school education to fix'em!
Although I am way too young to have been around during WWII, I do enjoy his panels.
Someone had to do it, so I will. He's pointing his 1911 at the Jeep.Among the some 1,500 cartoons Mauldin has drawn during his career, he acknowledges only one favorite. It annoys him that none of his fans has been moved to rave over it. This drawing -- a captionless one -- shows an old cavalry sergeant pointing his revolver, in grief, at the radiator of his jeep, which has a broken wheel. 'I think that's really funny,' says Mauldin."
The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. SgtD
I remember reading my Dad's copy of Up Front many years ago. I wish I had thought to keep it when he passed. It probably went to goodwill along with a bunch of other books and things I really wish I had now.