I can't say enough about this book, which already has a near-perfect 5-star rating. By his own admission, Bill Mauldin said he was a cartoonist and not a writer. But Mauldin's lack of literary skill actually enhances, rather than detracts, from the book.
Bill Mauldin's simple observations, comments about his cartoons, and honesty, is spoken from the heart and resonates with readers.
I don't own the current edition available on Amazon.com.
Instead, my copy is a first edition that I inherited from my dad, who was a Korean War combat veteran, and passed away in 2004.
The infantrymen who trudged up and down the hills of Korea were pretty much wearing the same uniforms, along with lugging the same weapons and gear as the dogfaces of World War II did.
I can't look at one of Bill Mauldin's Up Front cartoons without thinking of my dad.
I'm a retired USAF TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member, now working for Washington State Emergency Management. In addition to being an Emergency Operations Specialist at my day/night/weekend job, I'm a Foreign Affairs Specialist, gamer and writer.
I maintain three blogs as an on-line platform. "Stern Rake Studio," my central site, explores a variety of topics on gaming, pop-culture and writing. "Station WTFO" is where I post comments and discussions on the national and international issues that concern us. Finally, "The Redshift Chronicles," is a spin-off of "Stern Rake Studio." This site focuses on sci-fi gaming and is home to my long-form webcomic "Breakout from Bongolaan."