Milestones: Minot native pens book on WWI Marine cartoonists

Submitted Photo Cord Scott, right, a Minot native and professor with the University of Maryland Global Campus based in Okinawa, Japan, is shown with Lt. Gen. Wayne Eyre, who was deputy United Nations commander in the Republic of Korea in 2019. Eyre is now a full general with the Canadian Forces.

Minot native Cord Scott’s latest book is titled “The Mud and the Mirth: Marine Cartoonists in World War I.”

Scott, a professor with the University of Maryland Global Campus based in Okinawa, Japan, said the book “discusses the use of cartoons drawn by Marines in the early part of the 1900s to show how they saw subjects such as combat, living conditions, etc.”

He said the book also features the entire run of Abian “Wally” Wallgren’s cartoons in Stars and Stripes, which appeared on page 7 of the weekly paper.

Scott graduated from Minot High School in 1987 and from Minot State University in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He also has a doctorate degree in 20th century U.S. cultural history from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

“I actually started my college teaching career at the age of 23 at MSU. I was just out of grad school,” he said.

Scott said his second book, “Four Colour Combat,” was published by his classmate from Minot High, JuLee Brand. He said the book dealt with stories of the Canadian Armed Forces in American comic books of World War II.

He recently presented that book to the commander and crew of the HMCS Vancouver.

“They were quite surprised and happy to receive it. They in turn ‘coined’ me with one of their challenge coins, in this case a challenge puck,” he said.

Scott, a UMGC overseas collegiate faculty member, teaches history, government and film. His students are mostly U.S. military personnel and their dependents. He has taught a total of 19 different classes for UMGC in the last seven and a half years.

In addition to his publications, Scott was a Drazek Award winner as outstanding teacher in 2018 (his first year of eligibility), as well as this year he is UMGC Presidents Award recipient. Most recently, he was a panelist for Microsoft military group on humor in the military. The panel included Paul Szoldra, creator of Duffleblog, Max Uriarte, creator of Terminal Lance, Christina Knopf, writer of “Art of War: Military cartoonists from 1800-2010” and Scott.

Anyone interested in Scott’s newest book can download a digital copy from Marine Corps University Press. A hard copy can be requested free of charge from the company as well.

Scott currently is working on a project concerning African American cartoonists of World War II.

Milestones is a series that celebrates former area residents for recent notable accomplishments. Nominations can be sent by email to news@minotdailynews.com.


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