Apr. 18, 1940 - The 18th Field Artillery Regiment was designated as school troops by the War Department to prevent them from being sent to various training maneuvers, which would deplete the Field Artillery School of troops to support training.
1940 - The War Department endorsed the Field Artillery School’s mobilization plans for wartime production of trained officers and soldiers.
1942 - During World War II, a second new start began for the Stars and Stripes newspaper when a small group of servicemen began publishing a four-page weekly paper in London. They sold each copy for tuppence (English coin worth about 5 cents) and in no time doubled their page count to eight pages printed daily instead of weekly. The first issue featured an interview with Gen. George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff. Marshall quoted Gen. John "Blackjack" Pershing who, in World War I, described the newspaper as a major factor in sustaining morale.
1945 - In the Pacific theater of World War II, America’s most popular war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, was killed by enemy fire on the island of Ie Shima. After his death, President Harry S. Truman spoke of how Pyle, “told the story of the American fighting man as the American fighting men wanted it told.”