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Bill Mauldin

American editorial cartoonist

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Born 29 October 1921 in Mountain Park
Died 22 January 2003 in Newport Beach
Age 81 years, 3 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation actor, caricaturist, screenwriter, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and journalist
Awards Bronze Star Medal, legionnaire of Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and Legion of Merit
Influenced by Daniel R. Fitzpatrick

About Bill Mauldin

Bill Mauldin was a legendary American editorial cartoonist, born on October 29, 1921, in Mountain Park, New Mexico. He is best known for his iconic World War II cartoons that captured the everyday struggles of soldiers on the front lines.

Mauldin began his career as a cartoonist at the age of 18, working for the New Mexico Sun. He later moved to Chicago and worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he gained national recognition for his cartoons.

During World War II, Mauldin served as a sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division and was assigned to the Stars and Stripes newspaper. His cartoons, featuring the characters Willie and Joe, depicted the daily life of soldiers and the hardships they faced. Mauldin's cartoons were beloved by soldiers and civilians alike and earned him two Pulitzer Prizes.

After the war, Mauldin continued to work as an editorial cartoonist, working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and later the Chicago Tribune. He also wrote and illustrated several books, including his autobiography, "Up Front."

Mauldin's work had a significant impact on the world of editorial cartooning, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest cartoonists of all time. His cartoons continue to be studied and admired by artists and historians alike.

Sadly, Mauldin passed away on January 22, 2003, at the age of 81. However, his legacy lives on, and his cartoons remain a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought in World War II.


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About Death

Mauldin died on January 22, 2003, from complications of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on January 29, 2003. Married three times, he was survived by seven children. (His daughter Kaja had died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2001.)

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