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A Salute to Veterans

Published: November 11, 2015

Tributes to the military have long been portrayed on covers of The Saturday Evening Post, from situations serious to humorous. In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to share some of our favorites.


The first Post military cover? An action depiction of U.S. soldiers on horseback in the Philippines.
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With Our Fighters in the Philippines
George Gibbs
March 31, 1900



He’s in the Army now. A seldom seen cover from December 1942 by John Atherton shows a faithful dog and a photo. From the uniform, we can guess where its master is. We hope he returns home soon – Spot is itching to go hunting.

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Patient Dog
John Atherton
December 12, 1942



The enlisted also included members of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), as shown in the cover from 1942 by an artist named Gilbert Bundy.
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WAC Admires Hat
Gilbert Bundy
September 26, 1942



A WWI soldier shares a humble Christmas meal in this endearing 1917 cover by the prolific J.C. Leyendecker.
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Soldier’s Christmas
J. C. Leyendecker
December 22, 1917



On the May 14, 1927, cover by E.M. Jackson, this sailor accomplishes an important mission overseas — finding a genuine American hot dog!

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American Hot Dogs
E.M. Jackson
May 14, 1927



Celebrating soldiers, sailors, and marines, the 1937 cover by John Sheridan captures all three with a parade below in their honor.

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Army, Navy & Marines
John Sheridan
November 13, 1937



Norman Rockwell honored the military during the WWII years with several covers of the “every soldier” he named Willie Gillis. We’ve shown Willie’s military adventures before, but not this one from 1941. Rockwell’s famous private is home on leave, snuggled under the quilts and enjoying the luxury of sleeping late. The sign above the bed echoes our ardent wish for all our military men and women: Home Sweet Home.

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Willie Gillis Home on Leave
Norman Rockwell
November 29, 1941



After Forest Gump, actor Gary Sinise became an advocate for wounded soldiers. Check out Jeanne Wolf’s interview with Sinise from the September/October 2014 issue here.

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Gary Sinese
John Jay Cabuay
September/October 2014



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  • Thanks for running this feature again, I didn’t see it several years ago.

    The ‘Soldiers on Horseback’ is very interesting for a few reasons, not the least of which is that it’s in the Philippines, not the U.S. in 1900! I never knew we needed a military presence there then. It’s too bad the words went over the picture. The logo font was getting close to reaching its final form. At this point it had kind of a ‘colonial-ish’ look the final one didn’t.

    ‘Patient Dog’. Great cover. I don’t doubt that dog didn’t spend a good deal of time in that exact spot, waiting and hoping to give his master the kind of welcome we see the current vets getting in online videos.

    ‘Soldier’s Christmas’. Very touching, sweet cover right in the middle of America’s fighting in World War I. My grandfather was in that war, and it was brutal.

    ‘American Hot Dogs’ is pretty neat. I’ll just bet that hot dog was good! This cover also has the signature ‘circle’ used on many of the ’20s and ’30s covers.

    ‘Army, Navy & Marines’ is beautifully done. I still have the 2004 issue with the World War II National Memorial at the bottom. Both are great.

    ‘Willie Gillis’ must have gotten the best night’s sleep he’d had in a long time, even though the yellow background makes it look like daytime. I’m happy——-and I’m not leaving this bed!

    ‘Gary Sinese’ a great modern cover that I hope helped all injured vets from the Iraq War and back. A huge THANK YOU to ALL veterans, past/present, living or deceased for your sacrifices, or the U.S. and many other countries wouldn’t be here now.

  • John

    Looking for The Saturday Evening Post artical from Jan. 8, 1944 on Company E. Also called the Red Arrow Division.