Thu, May 1, 2014
Life and Times of Bill Mauldin

All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

May 1, 2014 (Thursday)
Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History with Dr. Todd DePastino

Dr. Todd DePastino
Lecture Date: May 1, 2014
Title: "Life and Times of Bill Mauldin"

In his latest work, Bill Mauldin: A Life Upfront, Dr. Todd DePastino examines the life of World War II serviceman Bill Mauldin, known throughout the military and civilian worlds as the creator of cartoons depicting the everyday struggles of G.I.’s. In many ways, the enlisted cartoonist was a rogue, standing up to the Army system and even the beloved and aggressive General Patton. Despite his hard look at the Army, General Eisenhower recognized the pressure valve his art provided and issued a directive stating Mauldin’s cartoons were not to be interfered with. Among the 22 year old’s greatest creations were the characters Willie and Joe, instantly recognizable as the personifications of the average American on the frontlines during World War II. Called “A deeply felt, vivacious and wonderfully illustrated biography,” Dr. DePastino lifts the veil on the troubled life of a man who struggled to deal with almost overnight fame and the guilt that came with gaining something positive from such a destructive and devastating war.


Dr. Todd DePastino holds a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University. The winner of the 2008 Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. DePastino also authored several books, including Commissioned in Battle: A Combat Infantryman in the Pacific, Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America, and The Road by Jack London.  Dr. DePastino wrote his dissertation on the history of homelessness and turned it into a book, winning the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship award for his efforts. Bill Mauldin: A Life Upfront is an Eisner Award finalist and took the Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure.