Although the Library of Congress'
collection of Mauldin cartoon stops in 1965, Mauldin produced cartoons
for the Chicago Sun-Times until his retirement in 1991.
Already disenchanted with newspapers and cartooning, it was the
collapse of a vehicle on his drawing hand that forced Mauldin to
retire from a profession that he had shaped for five decades.
In 2002, Mauldin had nearly forgotten the world due to advanced
Alzheimer's Disease. However, the world remembered him. Jay Gruenfeld,
another World War II veteran, located Mauldin in his California
nursing home and began a campaign to get other veterans to share
their memories with the creator of Willie and Joe. Over 10,000 veterans
responded, sending letters and personal effects. As a result of
Gruenfeld's campaign, a whole new generation of readers was introduced
to the work of Bill Mauldin.
Bill Mauldin died on January 22, 2003. He was buried at Arlington
National Cemetery six days later, on January 29.