Bill Mauldin was born in New Mexico in 1921.
He joined the United States Army in 1940
and began producing cartoons for the 45th Division News.
In 1944 he became a full-time cartoonist for the Stars and Stripes.
His cartoons often featured two infantrymen called Willie and Joe.
He later recalled that: "I drew pictures for and about the soldiers
because I knew what their life was like and understood their gripes.
I wanted to make something out of the humorous situations
which come up even when you don't think life could be any more miserable."
"Just give me the aspirin. I already got a Purple Heart."
Bill Mauldin, Stars and Stripes (1944)
Mauldin's cartoons on the Second World War won the Pulitzer Prize.
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