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Yank, the Army Weekly was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II. Founded and edited by Major Hartzell Spence (1908-2001), the magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was made available to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving overseas. It was published at facilities around the world (British, Mediterranean, Continental, and Western Pacific) for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries. Yank was the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S. military, achieving a worldwide circulation of more than 2.6 million. Each issue was priced at five cents because it was felt that if soldiers paid, they would have a higher regard for the publication. Each issue was edited in New York City and then shipped for printing around the world where staff editors added local stories. The last issue was published in December 1945. Scott Corbett (later known as a writer of novels for children) served as the last editor.

Sketch artists such as Robert Greenhalgh and Howard Brodie worked on the magazine which also featured the "G.I. Joe" cartoons by Dave Breger and the Sad Sack cartoons by Sgt. George Baker. Noted artist and author Jack Coggins spent over two years with Yank, first in New York, then in London; during his time with Yank he produced illustrations and articles featured in more than 24 issues.

The August 2, 1945 issue contained an article about women contributing to the war effort at home and Yank's cover showed a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe (under the name Norma Jean Dougherty) on the assembly line at the Radio Plane munitions factory in Burbank, California. For the then-wife of Merchant Marine James Dougherty, the photo opened the door for her to become one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood history.

One of the most popular "morale boosters" for the men in the armed forces was the inclusion of a pin-up girl in each issue who was usually clad either in a bathing suit or a some form of seductive attire. Many of the pin-up girls featured were the biggest stars of stage and screen of the day and included:


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Field contributors to Yank included:

  • Sgt. Walter Bernstein
  • S/Sgt Harry Brown (writer)
  • Pvt. Justin Gray
  • Sgt. Marion Hargrove
  • Sgt. Newton H. Fulbright
  • Sgt. Milton Lehman
  • Sgt. Barrett McGurn
  • Sgt. Merle Miller
  • Sgt. Mack Morriss
  • Sgt. Walter Peters
  • Sgt. Burgess Scott
  • Sgt. Harry Sions
  • Sgt. Thomas R St George
Also see the page [ Pin-up girl ] for A list of Pin-up Girls throughhout the decades
Also see the page [ Hartzell Spence ] for more information about the founder of YANK magazine
Also see the page [ BRIEF magazine ] for information about the AAF version of YANK magazine
Also see the page [ Why? ] for reasons this topic was chosen for inclusion in our website


In the 1970 release of Patton (about 33 minutes in) Patton is inspecting the enlisted men's barracks. On the wall is a manufactured page of Yank magazine. It shows a picture of a fictitious "Lorraine Bond" which Patton rips from the wall.

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See also [ Yank magazine index ]

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