I'm not qualified to speak of Mauldin's life history as others have done , but I have found a vintage magazine, showcasing his work.
In fact, the life of a soldier comes off as depressing and mundane.
Perhaps the reason that Mauldin's wartime work has endured is the simple honesty.
"They've aged 15 to 20 years, have beards, their eyes have bags underneath, and they wear a dopey expression because they need a lot of sleep . Some of them are getting bowlegged and flatfooted from hiking too much. The poor guys have changed so much that I hardly recognize them".
I guess that's why he drew the pictures, because sometimes, there are no words.