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Distinguished Speaker Series with Todd DePastino
April 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UPDATE: This event is at capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations.
Join us at the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum on April 27th for our Distinguished Speaker Series with Todd DePastino, who will present an illustrated talk on the great World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin, an Army infantry sergeant who rocketed to fame at age twenty-two with his wildly popular feature “Up Front.”
Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and General Patton’s pledge to throw him in jail for insubordination to deliver his grim depictions of war to “Stars and Stripes” and hundreds of home front newspapers. There, readers followed the stories of Willie and Joe, two wise-cracking ‘dogfaces’ whose mud-caked uniforms and army slang and slum dialect bore eloquent witness to the world of combat and the men who lived- and died – in it. We have never viewed war in the same way since.
About Todd DePastino
Todd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. He is the author of the award winning “Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front”, and six other books. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and lectures widely on American History topics.
About The Exhibit:
Now through June 11, 2023 the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum is hosting a new temporary exhibit, “Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin and the Art of War.” On loan from the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Drawn to Combat explores Mauldin’s career with an in-depth focus on his unmatched skill in documenting and satirizing military life and political affairs.
This exhibit features nearly 150 of the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist’s original drawings and published cartoons, as well as personal material from Bill Mauldin’s exceptional career.
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