The Press: End of Yank

After three and a half years in service, Yank last week got its honorable discharge. Its Manhattan HQ was emptying; its final issue (dated Dec. 28) was on the way to presses in eight countries. Its circulation, once 2.6 million in 16 editions, was down to 1.2 million and dropping fast as the Army dwindled. Two-thirds of its staff was discharged, and the rest could hardly wait to get out.

The Yankees were stepping into good jobs. Highest stepper was dark, barrel-chested, 30-year-old ex-Sergeant Joe McChester Carthy, Yank's managing editor for three years. Before the war he was a $40-a-week...