Army & Navy - The Forlorn

To U.S. soldiers, "Sad Sack" is the funniest little lug who ever got a typhus shot or tried to goldbrick out of a duty. Sad Sack, lugubrious comic-strip creation of onetime Disney Animator Sergeant George Baker, leads a life of misadventure in the Army's newspaper Yank. Soldier readers think Sad Sack is comical because he is so forlorn.

Writing in the current Infantry Journal, Chief Warrant Officer E. J. Kahn Jr. makes it all clear by explaining that the main basis for soldier humor is self-pity. Kahn, who also writes for the unpitying New...