…….THE TRUE MEANING OF SAD SACK ………

Dennis Hatfield
3 min readAug 17, 2021

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  • There was a newspaper comic strip I remember reading, and getting a chuckle out of, when I was a kid. It was a daily look at this no luck army grunt who could never get a break. He was created by a WW 2 army Sgt. named George Baker, who in his own way, succeeded in representing the mundane day to day life of a poor army private he named Sad Sack. Poor Sad Sack, when he broke up with his girlfriend, his family sided with her! If you remember the Sad Sack stories over the years, I think, in his own way, he was trying to tell us in a simple way about the fruitlessness, the waste, the hopelessness, the loneliness, and the loss of self brought on by war. The comic strip, it’s self, was not outwardly anti war, but if you read between the lines, it comically portrayed the tragic loneliness, the no sense of real purpose, and the pathological sense of emptiness brought about by war.
  • Over the last few days of this tragic Afghanistan fiasco, I sense a terrible deja vu sweeping over our country. Is it worth asking the question again? Do ya think we’ve learned our lesson? The Civil War, did we learn? No! World War 1, did we learn? No! World War 2, did we learn? No! The Korean War, did we learn? No! Vietnam, did we learn? No! Afghanistan, did we learn? No! Iraq, did we learn? No! I know that everyone has an opinion on the use of the military to achieve our goals, but ask a Vietnam grunt, or a…

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