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The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Pride and Patriotism: Stamford’s Role in World War II
Online Edition

On the boat to Naples
Overseeing the POWs
GIs’life in Italy
…many peculiar sites to see
…and more strange things to see
Cultural things in Rome
…there was destruction everywhere
Reminders of Mussolini
The military … and ultimate sacrifices

From Mort Walker's Scrapbook 1945/46: …and more strange things to see

Mort Walker

Mort Walker was drafted initially into the Army Air Corps in 1941, and later was part of the Signal Corps and Infantry before being shipped to Italy in 1945 on board the Mariposa, a converted luxury liner that also carried 100 nurses. Once there, he became of head of security for Ordnance Base #1 in Naples in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. In addition to guarding ordnance, Walker oversaw 10,000 German POWs, mostly regular army and signal corps men. Upon his return to the States, he began Beetle Bailey first as a college strip, but later he had Beetle enter the Army, where he has been ever since. Beetle is currently the #3 strip in the world, and Walker was recently presented with a Distinguished Service Award by the Army.

…and more strange things to see

women gossiping    woman with scarf

familiar scene along the Via Roma

text to the two images below

in the meat market the flies got plenty to eat    the horse cabs sat idle

the paesano brings his wares to town

the paesano brings his wares to town    the paesano brings his wares to town

horse and driver

scene on a country road


the flower vendor carring his pots

the flower vendor carring his pots

bird which tell your fortune


traffic cop  street car

vendor of pots and pans

call of nature

the people looked back and smiled in their tattered clothes

two paesani

country folk

country folk

Images © Mort Walker, All Rights Reserved

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