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Cartoonist's Latest National Guard Deployment Is to Guantanamo Bay

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Cartoonist's Latest National Guard Deployment Is to Guantanamo Bay

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Editorial cartoonist Vaughn Larson has began a third tour of overseas duty.

He was recently deployed to Guantanamo Bay in a 20-person National Guard public affairs unit from Madison, Wisc., according to EditorialCartoonists.com, the Web site of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

The AAEC member -- slated to be at Guantanamo until next March -- will edit and perhaps do cartoons for The Wire magazine at the U.S. Navy base.

Larson, who's in his early 40s, was first deployed during Desert Storm in 1990. Then, while serving as cartoonist and news editor at The Review of Plymouth, Wis., he was called to active duty in April 2006.

In an April 11, 2006 interview with E&P, Larson said: "They needed me, so I'm going."

Here's that story (which was headlined "Drawing Fire: Cartoonist Discusses His Impending Service in Iraq"):

The Iraq War has been a prime subject for editorial cartoonists since 2003. During the next year or so, the Iraq War will be the prime subject of editorial cartoonist Vaughn Larson's life.

Larson -- cartoonist and news editor at The Review of Plymouth, Wis. -- is being called to active duty April 19.

"We were put on alert back in January, so it wasn't much of a surprise," the Wisconsin Army National Guard platoon sergeant told E&P this afternoon. "They needed me, so I'm going."

After about three months of training, Larson and his unit will be deployed in or near Iraq for a year. "We'll be in a support role, but it's possible we'll find ourselves in hostile regions at times," said Larson, 40, a Desert Storm veteran who has been in the Guard for more than 17 years.

After a year in the war zone and a period of demobilization, Larson hopes to return to The Review in about 18 months. The twice-weekly paper -- which gave Larson a big going-away party last week -- has promised that his job will be there when he comes back. …

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