Friday, March 30, 2007

French Ambulance Girls in Italy

In Italy, the gallant T-5 Sal Cannizzo helps French ambulance driver Nanou Calas with her knitting.

When the going is tough, French Ambulance Girls in Italy dream of Paris Days. Read this little story by Sgt. Ralph G. Martin.

Read the PDF page here: Page 5

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YANK 31 March 1944

Suprise Party at Eniwetok

This is the cover shot of the YANK 31 March 1944. The story is "Surprise Party at Eniwetok" by Sgt. Merle Miller. The eight photographs shot for this article were taken by Sgt. John A. Bushemi who lost his life in this fight. The following is an excerpt:

The second attempt came at 0100, when 40 Japs leaped from their holes about 30 yards from the marine lines and raced forward. Brandishing sabers, hurling grenades and screaming "Banzai! The f---ing marines will die!", they leaped into the marine foxholes. There was hand-to-hand combat, jujitsu, knifing and bayoneting. In less than 20 minutes, 40 Japs and 20 marines were killed on a line not more than 30 yards long.

Read this story over 5 PDF pages. Cover, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

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YANK 31 March 1944

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Fly'n Lumberjack


By M/Sgt. Ted Miller

YANK 31 March 1944


Oh, the days are gone when the sailors went
Down to the sea in ships.
For now our gobs are heaven-sent
And go down to the sea in slips!

By A/C Jack McGuire U. S. Naval Air Station, Minneapolis, Minn.

YANK 31 March 1944

The General's Scourge

Gimme candy, Sad Sack!
By Cpl. Ernest Maxwell, Santa Ana AAB, Calif.
YANK 31 March 1944

Travel Note

From London to Tahiti,
From Attu to Port of Spain,
From Bouganinville to Martinique,
You'll hear a new refrain:
From Frisco to Pearl Harbor,
The legend will appear
That during World War No. 2,
Mrs. Roosevelt slept here.

by Sgt. Jack N. Carl

Eleanor Roosevelt was a prolific traveler during the war.

YANK 31 March 1944

Gloria Anderson

Gloria Anderson was the YANK Pin-up Girl for 31 March 1944 (American Edition).

Gloria spent some time as a Hollywood actress making about 6 movies from 1944 to 1946.
Interestingly the Internet Movie Database shows her making one in 2004 as well.

If you have interesting information about Gloria please leave it in the "comments" for all of us to read.

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Camp Claiborne, La. - T-5 Sam Kellman, a member of the 780th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Co., EUTC, was a lance corporal in the Royal Canadian forces during the first World War. Kellman enlisted at Montreal in 1914 at the age of 14, after an attempt to enter the U. S. Army (had failed).

He fought for two years on the Meuse front and near Metz, where he recieved a leg wound. Later he was gassed on the Gaza front in Egypt where he was captured by the Germans and held a prisoner for two years. He wears the Victory Cross and King George Medal, awarded to him for saving the life of a major during an artillery barrage.

YANK 31 March 1944

See Here!

Pvt. Donald R. Hargrove trained at Camp Callan, Calif., for 12 weeks before confessing he was 13 years old. He will be discharged. The other Hargrove shaves every day.

YANK 31 March 1944

Male Pin-Ups

Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y. - Navy airmen came out on the short end of the pin-up contest here recently when a group of Waves polled their choices. On a slate nominated entirely by the Navy women, three AAF officers took the top three places.

YANK 31 March 1944

New Job

Less glamorous perhaps, but she likes it. WAC Pvt. Dorothy Hamilton was a night-club dancer, now she drives and repair4s tanks at Newport News, Va.

YANK 31 March 1944

Sweet Girlfriend

Camp Crowder, Mo. - Pvt. Francis Tann got a letter from his girl telling him that she had herself a new boy friend. Then Tann learned that the ex-sweetheart had used his car, which he had lent her for the duration, on dates with the new boy friend. Tann found out also that the War Bonds he had bought and put in her name were to be used to underwrite the honeymoon (of the new couple).

Not all the members of the greatest generation were great.

YANK 31 March 1944

Easy Reading

Just check the lines and find any spot you want. Pin-up girls are now making map reading more exciting for trainees in the 22d Air Base Squadron at Lowry Field, Colo. 1st Sgt. Richard P. Bates, overseas veteran of both World Wars, is demonstrating this "visual aid" to willing students.

YANK 31 March 1944

Book Boomerang

Camp Van Dorn, Miss. - Pvt. Harvey B. Vogel of the 255th Infantry loaned a book to a friend 17 years ago in Jersey City. The other day, while going through a shipment of old books sent by the USO for company day rooms, Vogel found the book again.

YANK 31 March 1944

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Learn all about the China-India-Burma theater of World War II. This amazing web site has a tremendous amount of work and effort by many people to inform us about this forgotten area of war. There are also numerous YANK articles there about the CBI.

View this site: HERE

Monday, March 26, 2007


Do what you like, I'm staying! Caliche, a baby wildcat adopted by the 61st Aviation Squadron at Moore Field, Tex., is disputing William S. Rice's claim to be first sergeant.

YANK 31 March 1944


Wendover Field, Utah - While the finishing touches were being put on Theater No. 1, the officer in charge suggested that the seats be covered with velvet and a 25-cent admission be charged. T/Sgt Myron Kridel disagreed and suggested plush covering and a 20-cent admission charge.

"I think you're both wrong," said Sgt. Lewey Soukup. "It would be more practical to charge only 15 cents and cover the seats with GIs."

Lewey Soukup where are you? Corporate America needs you. For that matter the U. S. Governments needs you.

YANK 31 March 1944


Priscilla Cranstoun of New York recieves congratulations from Lt. Comdr. Howard Prentice in Boston, Mass., as the first SPAR chief petty officer. She enlisted in the Coast Guard a year ago. They certainly can pick 'em.

YANK 31 March 1944

Always Wear Your Teeth

Second Army Maneuvers, Tenn. - Sgt. Charles Arnold, platoon leader in an Infantry outfit, sweated out a long chow line and, after his mess kit was loaded with food, found that he'd left his store teeth behind.

Carefully placing his mess gear on the ground, he rushed away to get the teeth. When he got back, he found six little pigs and a big sow eating his dinner.

YANK 31 March 1944


These holes which T-5 Vaugh Chadbourne of Camp Adair, Oreg., is fingering were made by a .30-caliber bullet from a captured U. S. rifle fired at him by a Jap on Attu.

YANK 31 March 1944

Merry Xmas and Happy Valentines

Tonopah Army Air Field, Nev. - Last Christmas Pfc. W. F. Wigner sent his Seattle, Wash. draft board a card inscribed: "I think of you each day in the year." On Valentine's Day the draft board returned the compliment with a card which said: "We bet you're the only fellow in the service who gets a Valentine from his draft board. Love and kisses, Local Board No. 11."

YANK 31 March 1944

Who Me?

Yes you. It's a terrible thing to face eight first sergeants. They are all in the 260th QM Railhead Co., Camp Beale, Calif. Pointing at T-5 J.DeVito, (L to R) H. L. Montgomery, J. C. Bosch, Harold Kays, Harry Barker, William E . Baularige, A. J. Caiaccid, J. A. Wingard and William J. Lynch.

YANK 31 March 1944

Souvenir Hunter

Sad Sack "Souvenir Hunter" By Sgt. George Baker

YANK 31 March 1944

Shamrock Chapeau

Saturday Evening Post Cover for 20 March 1943
It shows a woman using ration stamps as part of her Saint Paddy's green ensemble.

"Shamrock Chapeau" was painted by Charles Kaiser

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Bill Walker

Happy Birthday Bill Walker

82 Years Young on 22 March!!!

Cover photo of YANK 11 March 1945 Continental Edition

See the Andrews Sisters Sing

Follow this link to view "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by the Andrews Sisters.

Be sure to pause the music in the 40's Juke Box at the right so you don't get a double sound track.


Final Photo for the YANK Staff

Don't Cry

Don't cry, little kraut! These three plump Germans were careless; they got captured (near Anzio).

Does the guy in the middle look a little bit like Matthew Broderick ???

Photo by Sgt. George Aarons

YANK 31 March 1944

Former Valet to Hollywood Stars Greets Them at Middle East Air Base

Somewhere in the middle east—"Hi, Budd. how's everything?" said Fredric March to Cpl. Ralph C. Budd of Hollywood, Calif., as the actor arrived here recently.
Budd, a former valet to Fred Astaire and the Alexander Kordas (Lady Korda is Merle Oberon), has run into several stars he knows .since he was shipped to the Middle East.
The GI's job is to serve as charge of quarters of a penthouse reception room at an airfield where the commander of the USAFIME theater welcomes notables of the political, military and entertainment world coming through.
Budd says he doesn't mind seeing old friends like March, Nelson Eddy, Jack Benny, Lt Bruce Cabot and Luise Rainer, but he'd gladly trade the Pyramids for a quick glimpse of Hollywood Boulevard right now


YANK 31 March 1944

Little Joe

Little Joe with his "Guardian," T-5 Joe Fillippo. After his father and mother were killed by bombs near Anzio, he was adopted by a Yank artillery outfit.

Photo by Sgt. George Aarons

YANK 31 March 1944

Nothing Like a Little Surprise

SAIDOR, NEW GUINEA—An Ordnance mechanic's life is supposed to be pretty dull, and generally it is. But three ordnancemen in the American force here have made the discovery that sometimes it isn't.
Sgt. Emil Raninen of Detroit, Mich , who holds the Silver Star for gallantry at Buna, was exploring the area near his jungle hammock, in company with Cpl. Eugene Weinard of West Bend. Wis. They found a dugout cleverly hidden beneath a huge log.
"That was used by the Japs all right," said Raninen. "It would take a good hit to blast a guy out of there."
Next morning they brought S/Sgt. Charles Allhands of Madison, Wis., to see the dugout. Peeking into the hole, Weinard suddenly noticed some rags that hadn't been there the day before.
Allhands crawled down into the hole to investigate. The rags, he discovered, were the remains of an American shelter half.
"I started to pull it out," he said later, "and the whole thing came alive. I scrambled back out, scared as hell, and then we could hear jabbering from beneath the shelter half."
The men drew their guns and waited. Out crawled a miserable, half-starved Jap, without an ounce of fight left in him.
They took the straggler prisoner and proudly escorted him back through their camp to headquarters.
Now Raninen, Weinard and Allhands are trying to decide who gets the prized souvenir, an official receipt for one Jap prisoner. Meanwhile the dull routine of keeping the trucks rolling goes steadily on.


YANK 31 March 1944

Unused Nazi Pillbox

Nurses Victoria Hansen (left) and Carrie Sheetz inspect a German pillbox in the Anzio-Nettuno area of combat. It never fired.

Photo by Sgt. George Aarons

YANK 31 March 1944

Woodman, Spare That Tree

WITH THE FIFTH ARMY IN ITALY—On a tree in Naples, Cpl. Clyde L. Hardin of a Field Artillery outfit found the name and address of Pvt. Judy Brooks of the WAC, carved in deeply by some earlier passer-by.
Like any sensible GI, Hardin jotted it down and wrote her a letter Judy answered from her station in the States, and the correspondence is hot and heavy now.
Since he found her address, Hardin has moved on with his outfit from Naples into the front lines on the road to Rome. Judy, in turn, has moved from private to sergeant.

YANK 31 March 1944

Monday, March 19, 2007

WWII Stock Photo

This is a picture labled "Air Drop in the Solomon Islands"

Antipersonnel Bombs Drive You Nuts (coconuts)

SOLOMON ISLANDS—Coconut plantations are often used for military encampment in these islands because there is no jungle undergrowth, there is perfect concealment from the air and there are plenty of palm logs to cover foxholes.
Only drawbacks are the coconuts, hanging like the Sword of Damocles over thousands of GI noggins. There are literally millions of coconuts. Winds and heavy rains knock them down; they fall about 50 feet, so that getting hit by a nut is like stopping a golf ball, only more so.
Surprisingly enough, very few men have been in the way when the nuts came thudding down One exception is Pvt. Eugene K. Lampkin, an MP from Cincinnati, Ohio
It happened on one of his worst days Lampkin was directing traffic near the shore of Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville, and his heart was seething. A passing truckload of marines had just asked the inevitable and unanswerable "why don't you join a good outfit?" It was just this unfortunate moment that the coconuts above him chose to let go.
"One hit me on the shoulder," he fumed, "one made a little circle around me, and the thud conked me dead center on the head It's lucky I had my helmet on."


YANK 31 March 1944

Billets in a Haystack

A tank destroyer on the alert, camouflaged with hay.

These soldiers near the front in Italy have burrowed caves into a haystack.

Photo by Sgt. George Aarons

YANK 31 March 1944

War in Their Faces

After 23 days and nights of fighting in the dark jungles of New Britain, these marines are going to get a rest. Waiting at Cape Gloucester for all the men of their unit to climb aboard the trucks that will carry them to the rear, they have the marks of front-line fighters bitten deep in their faces.

YANK 31 March 1944

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Coxswain

The landing craft coxswain was the symbol and fiber of the amphibious force. Exposed to enemy fire as he steered his craft to shore, the lives of thirty-six infantrymen in his small LCVP were his responsibility. If he failed in his mission of landing these troops, the strategy of admirals went for naught; the bombardment of a naval force alone could never gain a foothold on the hostile and contested shore. Prairie boy or city lad, the coxswain became a paragon of courageous determination and seamanship.

Artwork by Dwight C. Shepler

Dwight C. Shepler painted and recorded the Navy’s warfare ranging from the Guadalcanal to the D-Day invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for his work as a combat artist. Shepler painted more than 300 combat scenes compiling a dramatic history of the war. After the war, Shepler continued his career as a pioneer water colorist of the high ski country and served as president of the Guild of Boston Artists.

Wish I Could Join Too!

Recruitment poster for the Navy Waves in 1944 by John Falter.

Read more about John Falter HERE

Navy Poster by McClelland Barclay

Navy Recruitment Poster by McClelland Barclay.

Read more about McClelland Barclay HERE

19 March 1944 British Edition

Read this entire issue of YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition HERE

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The Army's Gypsy-Builders

Read about The Army's Gypsy-Builders in this article by Sgt. Saul Levitt. Armies can not move without the "Engineers."

Artwork by Sgt. John Scott.

Read the article over these 3 pages. Page 4, Page 5, and Page 6.

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YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

Jack Coggins

Discover the art work of Jack Coggins, YANK artist working from the British Edition field office at this web site

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Triple Duty

Three raids in 24 hours kept everybody at this Marauder base busy. Read about the crew of the "Sad Sack, Jr." Pictured are Lt. Phillip G Haglund, Cpl. Edward F Anderson, and T/Sgt. James R. Jordan.

Interesting side note... the former post about Ann Savage has a link to this post. You will read where a ground crew member kept trying to see a movie called "Dangerous Blonde(s)," which was interupted over and over again to prepare for these missions. Ann Savage was one of the stars in that movie. Ironically on the same day that I posted the pin up shot, Turner Classic Movies showed "Dangerous Blondes" for the first time on TV. Things are funny that way sometimes.

View the entire article "Triple Duty" by Pfc. Bill Hennerfrund HERE.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ann Savage

YANK Pin Up Girl for 17 March 1944 British Edition - Ann Savage

Ann Savage was a Hollywood actress who made about 37 films from 1943 to 1986. She was about 23 when this picture was taken.

You can read more about Ann Savage: HERE

News From Home

After taking his Army physical, Mayor William P. Hood, of Wichita Falls, Texas, wired his wife: "Inspected, dissected, infected, rejected, as expected."

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

First Come-First Served

Sad Sack - First Come-First Served By Sgt. George Baker

Click on image to enlarge.

Read More about George Baker: HERE

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

News From Home

At Camp White, Ore., Sgt. Fred Barnett, of Hammond, Ind., received the Distinguished Service Cross from Major General James M. Bradley, while 10,000 of his fellow-soldiers saluted. The sarge, who is 31 years old and a widower, was honored for killing twenty Japs on Attu last June. A private at the time, he was a member of a battalion which was trapped by Jap snipers and boxed by two machine-gun emplacements. Barnett filled his pockets with grenades and dashed for the enemy position, firing his rifle as he ran. He succeeded in killing the snipers and the crew of one machine-gun before running out of ammunition, then bayoneted or slugged to death every Jap in the second machine-gun emplacement. His mother, Mrs. Edith Barnett, of Independence, Kan., and his daughter, Wanda Barnett, were on hand to see him receive the recognition he had earned.

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

Cheta and Nancy

Cheta the Chimp kisses Nancy Kelly while a couple of Joes look on. Cheta (he's 4-F, and over the age limit anyway) and Nancy are to star in a forthcoming movie.

Read more about Nancy Kelly: HERE

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

News From Home

During the month of February, 1944, the United States shipyards turned out 134 merchant ships.

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

Alberto Varga(s)

He knows his babes like you know your rifle. Alberto Varga, the "Esquire" artist, scktches some lovelies for a mural to adorn the top of a Manhattan theater.

Read more about Alberto Vargas: HERE

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

Senator Harry Truman

Senator Harry Truman, Democrat of Missouri, got browned off about the nation's press. "Ever since I've been in the Senate" complained the Senator, who was first elected to his post in 1935, "it's been the policy of the press to make it appear that the legislative branch of the Government is made up of morons."

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

Left Side?

"At first I had a devil of a time getting used to driving on the left side."

By Pvt. Tom Flannery, ETO

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

News From Home

Mickey Rooney, the movie Peter Pan who was turned down by the Army a year ago, was back on 1-A status according to the Draft Board.

YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

Excuse Me Son!

W.H. Hill SF2c, of Montgomery, Ala., cuts in on his son, M/Sgt. W. L. Hill, of ditto, during a dance which both attended during a two-man family reunion in London. The young lady in question is Wac Sgt. Geraldine Brennan, of Glens Falls, N. Y.
YANK 19 March 1944 British Edition

17 March 1944

Read this entire issue of YANK Magazine: HERE
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News From Home


Water was released at Montana's Fort Peck Dam to raise the Missouri River two feet so that eight LST's built at Kansas City could navigate downstream.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Air Portrait

Flying Fortresses of the Eighth Air Force leave vapor "tracks" behind. The curved trails shooting upward were made by accompanying fighter planes.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Raid On The Marshalls

Read about one of the first raids on the Marshall Islands. Cpl. Larry McManus was one of first correspondents to fly in an attack on the Jap bases in the Marshalls. He tells how his B-25 blasted the enemy with its 75-mm gun.

Article by Cpl. Larry McManus

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Read the first page HERE
and read the second page HERE

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Pacific Raiders

During the long days of searching Jap sea lanes, submariners off duty kill time, reading, writing, and listening to the radio.

Read about the American Submarine fleet in action in the Pacific taking a large chunk out of Japanese shipping. Read the full article HERE.

Article by Sgt. Charles D. Pearson

Drawing by Pfc. Wathall

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition


Fleetfoot messenger at Arawe. War cancelled the 1940 Olympic track hopes of Pfc. Wallace Grant, Pima Indian of Laveen, Ariz.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

News From Home

New York:

New York University announced the establishment of Gold Star scholarships to provide four years tuition to the children of the university's graduates who lose their lives in this war.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Good NonCom Material

Good Noncom Material is Angelo Micciulla, who keeps his family of 10 children in line and at the same time makes a living driving a truck. Despite his 10 deferments, Micciulla has been classified 1-A.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Monday, March 05, 2007

News From Home


Marriages by proxy or radio telephone is illegal in Oklahoma, Atty. Gen. Cobb advised the American Red Cross.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Tight Formation

I wish the CO wasn't such a bug on tight formation.

By Sgt. Allan Ferguson

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Joe Louis

Sgt. Joe Louis, on Jan. 13, the first day of his third year in the Army. Louis told GIs at Camp Wheeler, Ga., where he's stationed, that he wanted (1) a furlough, which he got; )2) overseas duty, which he'll get; (3) another bout with Conn.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

News From Home


Thousands of residents between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach watched a blazing sea of oil five miles off the Delaware Capes caused by the collision of two merchnt ships.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Boogie Woogie Washerwoman

The Poets Cornered

I know a little native gal

From down Moresby way

She coudln't hold a candle

To the babes way up by Lae

She's homely and she's ugly

With a ring through her nose

But she's the one I love

Because she washes all my clothes!

By Cpl. Gene Schneider

News From Home


Gov. Baldwin called a special session of the Legislature to amend the election law to enable servicemen to vote.

For the rest of the nation, this didn't occur until the Vietnam war.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Chili Williams

Chili Williams, YANK Pin Up Girl for 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition.

Chili was a Hollywood actress and model. She made about 20 movies from 1944 to 1952. She was known as the "The Polka Dot Girl" from these WWII pin ups.

She was about 22 when this picture was taken. Chili Williams died in 2003.

Learn more about Chili Williams and see more pictures: HERE and HERE

News From Home


Two men in Army uniforms stole a Greyhound bus from a parking lot in Fresno, headed for San Francisco and picked up a number of passengers along the way, but they abandoned the vehicle when the gas tank ran dry.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

Women Firefighters in Laurel, MD

FireWomen. They've got to revise the one about "Fireman, Save My Child!" in Laurel, Md. Mrs. G Beall (left) and Mrs. G. Hofmann have replaced two male "firemen."

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition

First Motorwoman

Tall, brunette Dorothy Williams takes over the controls of a subway-elevated train in Philadelphia and becomes the city's first El motorwoman.

YANK 17 March 1944 Down Under Edition