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Last Primary NEC
165X-Special Duty Officer - Public Affairs
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, Fleet Public Affairs Center/Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific (FPACPAC)
Service Years
1944 - 1945

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Home Town
Born Weatherford, OK. Raised in Manitowoc, Wis.
Last Address
Died in Menlo Park, Calif.
He was 81 years old.

Date of Passing
Apr 27, 1988
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Blue Star

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Last Known Activity
LT. Jon Whitcomb
WWII Combat Artist
(1906 - 1988)

Gained long-lived popularity for capturing couples in love for Community Plate Silver and covers for Cosmopolitan. Also had his own Cosmo column, "On Location with Jon Whitcomb," which he took over from Bradshaw Crandell. WWII service, first as a LTjg on a mine sweeper, then as a war artist (invasions of Tinian, Saipan, Peleliu). A skilled draftsman, he could capture cars and aircraft as well as a pretty face. Other story and cover work for slicks as diverse as Good Housekeeping, Collier's, McCall's, and Playboy. Other writing included short stories, children's books about poodles (Coco and Pom Pom's Christmas) and a book for glamour, All About Girls.

During World War II Whitcomb, at the age of 37, was commissioned a Lieutenant (jg) in the United States Navy.  He made
a series of illustrations for advertisements he created on the theme, "Back Home for Keeps," became a pin-up fad for women deprived of their husbands or sweethearts. His assignments varied from mine-sweeping duty to off the East coast, to the Public Relations Department in Washington, to the Pacific as a combat artist with the invasions of Tinian, Saipan, and Peleliu. After hospitalization for tropical infections, he was discharged in 1945 and resumed his art career.

After the war Whitcomb produced a series of articles and sketches about Hollywood stars for Cosmopolitan, called “On Location with Jon Whitcomb”. He continued to produce story illustrations and covers for magazines, including McCall’s and Playboy. He wrote some short stories, two children’s books, Coco, and Pom Pom’s Christmas, and a book on glamour, All About Girls. He was one of the founding faculty of the Famous Artists School.

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 Duty Stations
Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Fleet Public Affairs CenterFleet Public Affairs Center/Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific (FPACPAC)
  1944-1944, Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)
  1944-1944, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander, Mine and Minesweeping Division, Atlantic Fleet
  1944-1944, Fleet Public Affairs Center
  1944-1945, Fleet Public Affairs Center/Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific (FPACPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityOhio State University
  1924-1926, Ohio Wesleyan University
  1927-1929, Ohio State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 27, 1988, Jon Whitcomb, Magazine Illustrator, 819
  Oct 18, 2013, General Photos
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