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Bob Bindig, Camp Upton, NY [January 1944]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Psychological Warfare Detachment, Armed Forces, Pacific Theater of Operations; Fitzsimmons General Hospital; Winters General Hospital
  • Location of Service: Camp Grant, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Topeka, Kansas; Manila (Philippines); Korea
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/32475

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"I was warned never to volunteer for anything in the army but I ignored this advice and when they asked was anyone an artist I raised my hand for I was a commercial artist in civilian life." (Memoir, page 2)

Bob Bindig didn't embark for the Pacific Theater until the spring of 1945 and was in Manila when World War II ended. But his two prior years in service afforded him opportunities to practice drawing skills learned as an ad agency artist. He illustrated various military manuals and publications, and he drew a mural on the wall of a service club in Ft. Lewis, Washington. His letters home were housed in envelopes that wittily depicted his current preoccupations or state of mind. In postwar Korea, Bindig helped produce publications that would bring a sense of normalcy back to a once-occupied country. For Korean children aching for diversion, he drew a dialogue-free comic strip about twin bears with a penchant for mischief.

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More Resources

[ Honorable Discharge, Robert K. Bindig [3/30/1946] ]
[ Enlisted Record and Report of Separation [3/30/1946] ]
[ Separation Qualification Record ]
[ The War Years, 1943-1946 ]
[ Letter from Bob Bindig to Sarah Rouse [undated] ]
[ Eight comic strips drawn by Bindig of "The Mischievous Twins Bears," or "Mischievous Twins," which appeared for eight weeks in the children's section of two newspapers published for Koreans by the US ]

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[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I'll walk alone" [10/9/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Wow! Two a day, that's love!" [10/9/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Mail!" [10/10/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Hurrah it's mailin'" [10/10/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "We moved agin!" [10/11/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Please fellas!" [10/12/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "No letter today" [10/13/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Friday 13 October" [10/13/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, G.I. counting his pay [10/15/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, An officer behind a desk talking to a G.I. ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Joyce Kilmer was wrong" [10/17/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Sittin' on a log / Workin' like a dog / Feelin' oh so blue" [10/18/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, Artist painting the address on the envelope [10/20/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, Artist polishing apples [10/21/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, Artist cutting paper doll [10/23/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Sort of giving me the needle, hey Doc!" [10/24/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, While the artist sleeps, a beautiful woman comes to him in a dream [10/24/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, The artist combs his hair, "This is Part I" [10/30/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, The artist on the rear platform of a train waves goodbye to a woman "Part II" [10/30/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, G.I. wearing a gas mask teases a skunk [10/31/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Pay Day" [11/1/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "A new low in the field of art" [11/3/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Why are you so happy?" [11/4/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, The artist depicted as an angel, emptying the latrine ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Snailing! Snailing! Over the bounding state!" [11/11/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Bindig, he crossed Washington" ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Should be getting' outta Montana any day now!" [11/11/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "That's it gal!" [11/12/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "She's comin'! She isn't!" [11/13/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I'll find one that comes out right yet" [11/13/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "School days, school days" [11/14/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "School daze, school daze" [11/15/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I studied for the anatomy class" [11/20/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Inpsection" [11/20/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Dr. Einstein I presume" [11/21/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Oh we'll all go to meet her" [11/22/1944] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I'm lonesome I guess that's all" [1/13/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Please sir! I'll even give you a pack of cigarettes!" [1/16/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "We looked everywhere for a place to live." [1/17/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "On the move again" [2/26/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Welcome back to Ft. Lewis, Son!" [2/26/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I gotta inside job" [2/27/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I'll walk alone" [2/28/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "More red tape" [3/1/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "...And Paperwork" [3/2/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "They say a guard should keep cool--WOW!" [3/4/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Mail at last!" [3/5/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Beginning to look like rain again" [3/8/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Self portrait: Gold Brick" [3/9/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I'm not on guard" [3/10/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "All dress in brown and going to town" [3/12/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I should have joined the Navy" [3/13/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Ft. Lewis, Washington: Bob Bindig swept here!" [3/14/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Glad to see you, you old bag!" [3/15/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "This job just doesn't appeal to me!" ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Sure and it's the wearing o' the green" ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "This is a lonely way to spend a Sunday" ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Tonite I had a date with lot'sa girls!" ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Spring, It's Wonderful" [3/21/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I dare someone to call me Gravel Gertie" [3/22/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "At dawn's early light!" ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Gee, you draw real good!" [3/24/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "I dream of you" [3/26/1945] ]
[ Colored pencil drawing on envelope, "Hi ya Bud!" [3/27/1945] ]