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Mort Walker’s military history behind Beetle Bailey
Wicked Local (Concord) has an article about Beetle Baily creator Mort Walker and his career and beginnings.
After basic training, he found himself stationed at Camp Crowder, which was the Midwest training center for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was to be a radio repair technician. Walker still has no idea why.
“Of all the miscues!” Walker said with a chuckle. “Here I was supposed to be repairing radios and I had never even seen a radio. We didn’t have one at home.”
Of course, when it was found out he was a cartoonist, some of his time was spent drawing “official” posters at the camp, Walker related.
“I don’t even remember fixing a radio,” he said with a laugh.
Today, Walker doesn’t recall very much about Camp Crowder itself (“Uh, that was about 70 years ago,” he gently reminds). In fact, the camp was so huge Walker said he never even saw most of it. There was simply no reason to.
Just a small editorial note. If you want to discuss the Military, US engagement in world affairs, this is not the place to do it. Such comments should made over where it belongs – last week’s post on Garfield.