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Bill Mauldin and Ernie Pyle

Two of the most famous World War II journalists were Bill Mauldin and Ernie Pyle. Mauldin, an army enlisted man, was actually a gifted cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the army's free daily newspaper. Mauldin's "Willie and Joe" drawings, later collected in Up Front, made him the favorite of GIs and their families back home. The Willie and Joe cartoons depict grizzled, dog-faced soldiers who retain the will to fight but who have grown weary of the numbing routine of cold, hunger, and the bureaucratic mindlessness of the army. As Mauldin wrote, they were men "who are able to fight a ruthless war against ruthless enemies, and still grin at themselves."

Ernie Pyle was probably the best-known journalist of World War II. His weekly columns for Scripps-Howard newspapers were entitled "The Roving Reporter." Pyle won a Pulitzer prize for his eloquent...

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