Gregor Duncan was drafted into the Army Air Force (AAF) in July 1942, and was sent to Atlantic City, New Jersey for basic training. During his time in Atlantic City, Duncan began doing cartoons and illustrations almost immediately, with work appearing in BEAM, a military newspaper. Duncan's main work during this period appears to have been At Ease, a humorous panel cartoon aimed at the trials and tribulations of those in the Air Corps. It is interesting to note, by the signatures on the At Ease cartoons, that Duncan moved up rather quickly through the ranks, going from Private to Corporal, and again to Sergeant, in seemingly short order. He eventually wound up as an E-5 Staff Sergeant.

 

At Ease panel cartoon, circa 1942At Ease panel cartoon, September 12, 1942At Ease panel cartoon, circa 1942At Ease panel cartoon, circa 1942At Ease panel cartoon, circa 1943At Ease panel cartoon, circa 1942At Ease panel cartoon, circa 1943AAFBTC-Haberdashery comic strip, similar to Duncan's later Close Order Close-Ups.  Circa 1943At Ease panel cartoon, February 27,1943Four Aces in Allied Fistic Deck boxing cartoon.  From a sheet dated February 18, 1944, so possibly a Stars and Stripes cartoon, though may have been done earlier, as was drawn in FloridaAllied Boxing Tournament, dated February 14-19, most likely 1944.  Likely appeared in Stars and StripesG.I. Carte du Jour.  A Thanksgiving menu, illustrated and lettered by Duncan, for the holiday meal in Atlantic City.  November 26, 1942.   Duncan would ship out to Italy in just a few weeks