Mr. Walker, a long time supporter of the military, has extended his support to The National Museum of the United States Army for the third time this year by using the Beetle Bailey comic strips to help promote the Museum. Scheduled to open in Fort Belvoir, Va., outside Washington, DC, in 2015, the museum will honor America's Soldiers, preserve the history of America's oldest military branch, and educate all Americans about the Army's role in our nation's development. The U.S. Army is the only service without its own museum.
Mort Walker, one of the longest-drawing cartoonists in history, served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II, and was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1947. In portraying the lighter side of military life for more than 60 years, Mort Walker's support of the military has earned him the praise of the highest ranking officials. He was given the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service by the United States Army, the highest award the Secretary of the Army can present a civilian. During his distinguished career as a cartoonist, he has earned numerous awards including induction into the Museum of Cartoon Art Hall of Fame.
Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey comic strip about the National Army Museum can be found in syndicated papers nationwide on Friday, and online here.