Bill Mauldin was a journalist most known for his editorial cartoonist work during World War II. His work won him two Pulitzer Prizes for Editorial Cartooning and his memorable characters Willie and Joe were loved by his fellow soldiers. After the war, he continued cartooning for large publications like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Chicago Sun-Times. The last time he drew Willie and Joe was in the popular comic Peanuts in conjunction with Charles M. Schulz. He originally wanted them to be killed off at the end of World War II, but the publication he worked for, Stars and Stripes, talked him out of that decision. He passed away from Alzheimer's disease complications in 2003 and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
During his time in the war, he worked for the American soldier's newspaper Stars and Stripes, producing around six cartoons a week. His work was published in Europe as well as the United States, helping show the true and severe side of war. He received some threats by those who found his work to be mocking the way of war, but they were put to rest by Dwight Eisenhower. Other soldiers regarded him as a hero and saw his cartoons as a way to get by on a daily basis. At the end of the war, he received the Army's Legion of Merit for his cartoon work.
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