The contribution above is with permission thanks to syndicated Santa Barbara
pictogram artist and philosopher Ashleigh Brilliant. ©1996 Ashleigh Brilliant.
The Hotlink above connects you directly to "Dad" Rarey's Sketchbook of the 379th Fighter
"Dad" Rarey was CPT George W. Rarey -- well known for painting pilot-specific insignia on the
cowlings of his Squadron's P-47 Thunderbolts. The link will show you a group of Rarey's
Nose Paintings (along with sketches of the pilots for whom they were done) along with an
entire collection of Rarey's original and insightful World War II illustrations, carefully
maintained by his son, Damon Rarey, himself an AWON Member, who passed in 2002. It is with
many thanks to Damon's wife, Linda to re-generate (and notify us of) this important link.
For more on the Sketchbook's author, see "CPT George Rarey" in the "Fathers" section.
The clipping above from the Stars and Stripes was submitted by
Diane Marnette Sagen to commemorate the song "Stella, the Belle from Fedala" --
written by her Father (Thomas Haynes Marnette) before he was killed (29 March, 1943)
in the Fondhouk Pass. As the clipping attests, "Stella" became immensely popular, and
was on the lips of every GI in the tent cities near Rabat, one of the major staging areas
of North Africa.
For more on Stella's author, see "Thomas Haynes Marnette" in the "Fathers" section.
The image of Pat Starling, above, ran in the April 1, 1944 edition of the "Seadust,"
a U.S. Naval Training Center & Advance Base Depot in Gulfport, Mississippi, and is supplied
thanks to Annie Mix.
The images below are thanks to COL Vince Geiger, USAR, who supplied these 1943
combat reminders which ran in the Fort Wood News, of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
during the stateside training of the 75th Infantry Division.
Fort Wood News -- 23 April, 1943
Fort Wood News -- 28 May, 1943
Fort Wood News -- 4 June, 1943
Fort Wood News -- 30 July, 1943
Fort Wood News -- 6 August, 1943
The cartoon above is a Willie and Joe -- by Pulitzer Prize winning WWII cartoonist Bill Mauldin,
whose renditions of American GIs in Stars and Stripes, and in his books, are legendary. This example
is especially appropriate to us, as it was used on the program from the "No Greater Love" meeting in
Washington, D.C. in December, 1991, and was sent in with many thanks to Brenda Kightlinger.
To see a small collection of ten MORE Willie and Joe cartoons -- sent to us by Jerry Baker --
including Mauldin's Pulitzer Prize winner, Click Here!
The cartoon above is used here with permission from the artist, Chris Britt, who (on 8/14/03)
writes: "I'm glad you liked the cartoon. Perhaps in some small way it will bring some comfort."
It will, Chris -- thank you. And thanks to Sharon Edwards for arranging permission for the
STAR and Web with Chris and with the Copely News Service.