Yank

Upon starting this project I thought I could bring out some high points, but I soon discovered someone had already done that. There was nothing left for me to do unless I wanted to copy it word-for-word. So, instead I’m passing along the last page.

The scribbled names of American soldiers are big and black on the walls of the fortress of Verdun. One of them says;

Austin White – Chicago Ill. 1918

Austin White – Chicago Ill. 1945

This is the last time

I want to sign my name here.

Yank

Several years ago I found Yank on the sale table at Barnes & Noble.. It was priced at a dollar. Having no knowledge of bar codes, I don’t know how deep that discount is.

Yank is a compilation of the Yank Magazine which began publication by GIs for GIs in May 1942. It cost a nickel or Two dollars per year. However, if you had neither that was okay.

I was too young to participate in World War II, though I distinctly recall four of my uncles responding to their call to arms. But I don’t recall anyone mentioning Yank Magazine. Yet I realized what it was. The book is has a copyright of 1991, 46 years after the end of the war.

It’s dedicated to KILROY and the 14,216,097 dogfaces, swabbies, leathernecks, airhogs, crate pushers, and Seabees who fought beside him.

KILLROY was a ship rivet inspector.

I have a few other projects I‘m pushing along, so this will be a slow read. On no particular schedule I’ll add posts, summations of what I’ve grasped from these 350 pages of text and cartoons.