Today I'm proud to offer for sale two of the most read periodicals during and after World War II, "Yank The Army Weekly" and the "Pacific Stars and Stripes Christmas Edition". Every time I come across WWII items I can only hope that whoever purchases the items will cherish them and pass them along to loved ones or their home town VFW in the future. Listed below is each item, condition and a short history of each:
1.)Yank The Army Weekly dated December 25th, 1945, Volume 4, Number 28, 23 pages, measures 10 ½” x 14”. The Yank Magazine was first published on June 17th, 1942, and was the idea of Egbert White who worked on the publication "Stars and Stripes" during World War I. The magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was made available to all members of the Armed Forces serving overseas during WWII. This is the very LAST Issue of the Yank Magazine.
On the front cover it reads---“This is to certify that YANK is hereby Honorably Discharged from the military service of the United States of America. This certificate is awarded as a testimonial of Honest and Faithful Service to this country. Given at Washington, D.C.; Date 31 December 1945; Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Staff.” Here are the last stories and items found inside:
Honorable Discharge---Inventory U.S.A.---Sweating it Out in Occupied Europe and the Pacific---Two full pages of some of the stage and movie stars who appeared in Pin-Ups that graced the Yank Magazine throughout WWII---The last Mail-Call and the Last Yank Cartoons that were enjoyed by millions.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good- condition. The inside pages are in good+ condition, clean.
*Covers: There is a moisture stain on the front cover, wear and tiny tears along the spine, chipping and tiny tears along top and bottom pages of the front/back covers, chipping and small tears along the front right edge and back left edge, a tiny piece is missing from the front right edge, two pieces missing from the back left edge, an address label on the front cover, and wear to all the corners.
*Inside Pages: There is a moisture stain on the first three pages, the inside pages are only attached at the top staple of the spine, a ½” tear and two tiny tears along the right edge of the first two pages, a ½” or less tear along the right edge of 5 pages, a 1 ½” tear and a tiny tear on one page, and a ½” tear and five tiny tears along the right edge of the two last pages.
2.) An extremely rare post WWII Edition of "The Pacific Stars and Stripes Christmas Edition", December 25, 1946, for American Occupation Forces in Japan and Korea. This Stars and Stripes measures 10 ½” x 14” and has 22 pages. The front cover features a little boy looking into a large fireplace as if he is on “Santa Patrol”. This Pacific Edition was first published after VJ-Day in October of 1945 in Hawaii. This is the second Christmas issue that gave loved one’s back home a look at how their dads, sons, and daughters celebrated Christmas in the Pacific Theatre of Operation. Future post-war editions were then shipped to servicemen and women who remained away from home in order to help the Japanese restore and rebuild their country. Only America would remain and help Japan….”God Bless This Great Country”. Below are the stories found in this great Christmas Issue:
Page one is a full page photo of Douglas MacArthur and his Christmas greetings to the Armed Forces in the Pacific---Winter Sports in Japan---G.I. Christmas, American Soldiers Stationed in The Orient Enjoy a Second Far Eastern Yule-Tide Season---Made in Japan Christmas Shopping---Operation Christmas! Servicemen made gifts of their own food and clothing as presents to the people of Japan who knew nothing about Christmas or why it occurs---Towards a Spiritual Christmas with attending Christmas Service and enjoying a holiday meal and singing carols---Another Winter in Japan---The Trimmings, The G.I.'s Yummy Christmas Eve Meal---Youngster's Santa Patrol Getting Ready on Christmas Eve---and Japan's New Year’s Eve Celebration.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good+ to very good condition, very clean. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright.
*Covers: There is a ¾” tear and a corner piece missing at the top of the spine, wear along the edges, tiny piece missing from the bottom right front corner, chipping and tiny tears along the right edge of the front cover, and tiny crease marks at the top right corner and the bottom left corner of the back cover.
*Inside Pages: There are tiny crease marks at the top and bottom corners of the right edge of the first two inside pages.
There is a signature written in ink on the front cover of the serviceman who owned this issue of the Pacific Stars and Stripes Christmas Edition. He also wrote a few sentences on where he spent Christmas Eve Service.
I was fortunate to have met a wonderful lady whose grandfather served during WWII and had several of his Stars and Stripes for sale. I bought several and this one brought tears to my eyes seeing how loved one's spent Christmas so far apart and hoping maybe just maybe that this will be the last Christmas they'll have to be apart ever again. With our WWII Vets passing away in great numbers every year I hope you can give both pieces of WWII memorabilia to a member of “The Greatest Generation" who served during World War II. "God Bless Our Vets--both Past and Present!!"
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