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Frank Tyger   -  The Army Years

Active Duty

During the early 1950s Frank served with Army intelligence in Germany as a cryptographer, his clearance enabling him to handle high level messages for the Army Security Agency, now the National Security Agency.

While awaiting security clearance, Frank was stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia where he worked as a reporter and staff cartoonist for both the base paper and Stars and Stripes, the Army's national newspaper.

Frank left the Army with the rank of Private First Class.  He commented in a newspaper article, "I was the only one-striped 'Tyger' in captivity."

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Frank's Army Photo

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Interviewing Col. James S. Thurmond
(later Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina)
for the Camp Gordon base newspaper

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"Pvt. Franklin Tyger paints the new line on
the Camp Gordon Community Welfare 'Giraffe'
that shows funds have now risen to $23,000"

Caption from an October 1951 Camp Gordon photo
(Frank is at top left)

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Frank's design for a brochure
promoting the Camp Gordon Welfare Fund

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"The men like you Sergeant.  What's wrong?"

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"I thought I'd break the Monotony ..."

A sampling of Frank's cartoons that appeared in Army newspapers

GI Shakespeare

Shortly after joining The Times, Frank did a series of cartoons titled "GI Shakespeare" which appeared in the newspaper on Veterans Day, 1962.  As the accompanying article noted:

"Trenton Times staff artist Frank Tyger takes a sharp look at military life with the aid of the great English bard.  Tyger pauses to recall, with a touch of humor, some of his and his fellow GI's experiences.  Tyger not only did all the drawings, he also did all the Shakespearean research."

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"He jests at scars that never felt a wound"

- Romeo and Juliet
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"My grief lies onward and my joy behind"

- Sonnet 50


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"Full of sound and fury signifying nothing"

- Macbeth

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"That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, if
with his tongue he cannot win a woman"

-Two Gentlemen of Verona
About Frank Tyger

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Hearing is one of the body's five senses,
but listening is an art.

- Frank Tyger