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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: …there was destruction everywhere

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.

we landed on the tenth of December … first sight … wast wreckage of the war

wast wreckage of the war in the shadow of Vesuvius

the destruction was complete and terrible

ruins   ruins


townspeople looking at wreckage

salvaging what's left

a god in the ruins

clearing the rubble

the rebuilding was slow

… while the children played

portrait of an old man

Images © Mort Walker, All Rights Reserved

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