bill mauldin r.i.p.
We start the day on a sad note...Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin died yesterday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 81.
A noted cartoonist for the Chicago Sun-Times, Mauldin was perhaps best known for his World War II-era comics that depicted infantrymen Willie and Joe as they slogged their way through the mud of war-torn Europe. Mauldin was also a decorated rifleman himself, having received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in a mortar attack.
For World War II veterans, Mauldin will be best remembered for uplifting their spirits during the darkest days of the war. Many of Mauldin's admirers had showered him with letters of thanks in recent years as his health slowly declined.
"Willie and Joe were like a secret weapon on our side," one writer told him.
His burial is planned for Arlington National Cemetery.