Saturday, March 09, 2013

Chow Champ

Sgt. Herbert P. Allensbach, Forest Hills, N.Y., who was voted best cook in the Ninth Air Force.  He's a whizz with powdered eggs.

YANK 11 March 1945 Continental Edition

Friday, March 08, 2013

Jungle Latrine

One of Howard Brodie's amazing sketches.  From the Library of Congress.

Update-John J. Wilpers Jr.

John J. Wilpers Jr., the Army intelligence officer who helped arrest Hideki Tojo in 1945, dies.

Read the Washington post article HERE

or read the reprint HERE

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Five Day Attack on Hastings Ridge

Read the story of The Five Day Attack on Hastings Ridge by Sgt. Mack Morris

Read the story HERE

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hurry Call

S/Sgt. J. O. Clayton (right) in Noumea, New Caledonia, woke up two Medic Captains, R. O. Moore and H. R. Willard, to cure his dog's convulsions one night. 

YANK 11 March 1945 Continental Edition

Prepping a Rogers' Raider

Not a minstrel show but a night patrol across the Roer impels Pvt. Ed Diamond of Rogers' Raiders to put on lamp-blacking.  This job's a lot different from his Army studies in engineering at Purdue ASTP.

Photo by Sgt. Reg Kenny

YANK 11 March 1945 Continental Edition

The Noise

In the fight for Duren a mortar burst temporarily deafened T/Sgt. John Demeduk, platoon sergeant, at the Roer crossing.

Photo by Sgt. Reg Kenny

YANK 11 March 1945 Continental Edition

Monday, March 04, 2013

Portrait of a Tired Soldier

An army advances because the individual doughs in the line advance.  Most of them keep movig; some of them fall; others, like Pfc. Joseph F. Leradi of Philadelphia, Pa., do their job until weariness is etched in every line of their bodies.  YANK's Pfc. Pat Coffey made this photo at the 80th Division field hospital on the Third Army front.

YANK  11 March 1945 Continental Edition

Cover 11 Mar 1945 Continental Edition

These tank destroyers accompanying the Eighth Infantry Division, First Army, down the main street of Duren, Germany, are the first U. S. armored vehicles to enter the ruined queen city of the Roer.

YANK 11 March 1945 Continental Edition

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Schweinfurt Raid

Read the story about the Schweinfurt Raid in the B-17 Flying Fortress named YANK.  By Sgt. Walter Peters

Read the article HERE

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Patricia Dane

YANK Pin Up girl for 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition.  Patricia Dane.  She was a young starlet in the 40's.  She acted in about 16 movies.  She was noted for telling off an MGM studio exec which probably tanked her career.  She was married to Tommy Dorsey for about 4 years in the 1940's.  Her birth name was Thelma Pippen.  She was about 25 when this picture was taken.  She died in Florida in 1995. 



Thoughts on the Huertgen Forest

...The infantry, free from the claustrophobia of the Huertgen Forest, went on, but behind them they left their dead, and the forest will stink with deadness long after the last body is removed. The forest will bear the scars of our advance long after our own scars have healed, and the Infantry has scars that will never heal.

For Huertgen was agony, and there was no glory in it except the glory of courageous men--the MP whose testicles were hit by shrapnel and who said, "okay, Doc, I can take it"; the man who walked forward firing Tommy guns with both hands until his arm was blown off and then kept firing the other Tommy gun until he disappeared in a mortar burst...

--Sgt. Mack Morriss

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sad Sack - Rough Sea

Five Rising Suns

Read the short article about one amazing LST and it's hard working crew.  The article was written by  Cpl. OZZIE ST. GEORGE YANK Staff Correspondent.

Read the article HERE

YANK 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition

News from Home

Read some of the interesting and wacky news stories from home; taken from the 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition.


A Little Music

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Panama Chow Line

Sgt. Stanley V. Sowa, with an aircraft-warning outfit in Panama, saved his fellow GIs from almost starving when he took over the mess call for these honey bears (coatimundi).  Before the Sergeant began feeding them each day at about 1100 and 1600, they were invading the kitchens any time they could for anything they could find. The honey bear gang is led by a lively monkey by the name of Jocko.

Jungle War

Read "Jungle War" in YANK Stories.  This was an article taken from a wounded soldier's intelligence report of the fight in New Guinea>

Read the article HERE

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cover 4 May 1945 Mediterranean Edition

The weary tank commander catching fourty winks is Sgt. Westly E. Stewart of Los Angeles.  With the rest of the First Armored Division, he had just taken Vergato in the power drive of the Fifth Army's "big push" on the Bologna front in Italy.

The above precious little piece of YANK was no doubt a family treasure for the past 68 years of Stewart Family.  Westly's son contacted us on the Twitter site to see if we could locate a copy.  If anyone knows where he can get this edition let us know.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cover 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition

The Jap 75mm antiaircraft gun of 1928 vintage was captured in New Guinea and sent by Ordnance Intelligence men to an information and testing lab in Australia.  T-4 Newton W. Smith of East Orwell, Ohio, and T/Sgt. Charles L. Merrill of New Berry, S. C., are shown learning the gun's operation.
YANK 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition

Gem –Studded Detail

GOODENOUGH ISLAND—(Papua New Guinea) That peculiarly loathsome detail, hauling sand, has suddenly taken on quite an allure for the enlisted men of one general hospital in this area. Their gravel pit, you see,  is loaded with diamonds.

Scarcely of a size or nature that will lead to any of the enlisted men's retiring after the war, the stones are nevertheless worth looking for. Varying in size from pinheads to peas, some are worth as much as a quid.  Pvt. Arnold L.  Anderson of Lomita, Calif., recently found one worth three quid.  This find, incidentally, led to the next few gravel trucks being filled in record time that the detail might knock off and crawl through the pit on their hands and knees,  hoping  for some  of  Pvt. Anderson's luck.

Pvt. RAY CHRISTIANSEN YANK Field Correspondent.

YANK 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition

Bloody Basin

Read the short article on Bloody Basin in the war in Italy in 1944 by Sgt. Burgess Scott

Read it HERE

YANK 25 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Best of Yank (excerpt)

Read the excerpt from "The Best of Yank" introduction; a book put together by the editors of YANK magazine in 1944.  Read it HERE

This will give you some idea what the YANK correspondents went through to get some of these great stories.

The Stolen Stripper

Read the funny story about the Stolen Stripper.


Update on Audrey McClure


Update on Audrey McClure.  Click HERE or

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

This weeks cover is Audrey McClure, wife of M/Sgt. James H. McClure of Chevy Chase, Md. Her beauty and "All-American" charm won her first place in the YANK Sweetheart Contest over 2,500 sweethearts, wives, and sisters left behind by GIs in the Southwest Pacific.
YANK 18 Feb 1944 Down Under Edition