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Marines attack an enemy position, 1967

Tom Dreiling ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, May, 1967: U.S. Marines fire as they charge against a North Vietnamese position near Con Thien during Operation Prairie IV.

Traffic jam on the autobahn, 1956

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Germany, August, 1956: The German word for a traffic jam is stau, but drivers caught in this eight-mile-long mess on the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn probably used some much more colorful language to describe it. The midsummer nightmare was caused by construction that caused the blocking off of a section of the southbound lane.

Truck pull at Guardian Base, 1997

Diane S. Lundholm ©Stars and Stripes
Guardian Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August, 1997: Firefighters from Guardian Base engage in a tug-of-war with their 29,350-lb. pumper. The four men pulled the vehicle approximately 50 feet ... just to see if they could. From left to right, they are Spc. Robert R. Comer, Spc. Jody Erickson, Pvt. Joseph M. Thomas, Jr. and Pfc. Kenneth Riley, Jr.

Night firing exercise in Japan, 1997

Mark Allen ©Stars and Stripes
Camp Fuji, Japan, October, 1997: A night firing exercise at Camp Fuji is captured in a ghostly time-exposure photo.

Billy Mills wins at the Olympics, 1964

Fred G. Braitsch Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, Japan, October, 1964: U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Billy Mills crosses the finish line in what may have been the biggest upset of the 1964 Olympics, a record-setting triumph in the 10,000-meter race. Following him across the line are Mohammed Gamoudi of Tunisia (615) and pre-race favorite Ron Clarke of Australia. Mills, an Oglala Lakota American Indian, grew up on the Pine Ridge reservation and attended the University of Kansas. He is now the national spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a wide-ranging charitable organization.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1964 story about Mills and his upset win.
A 1999 Stars and Stripes interview with Mills.

'Tunnel rat' in Vietnam, 1967

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, November, 1967: Colt .45 and flashlight in hand, wearing a gas mask, "tunnel rat" Sp4 Richard Winters of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division cautiously lowers himself into a 1,000-foot-long Viet Cong tunnel found in Vietnam's "Iron Triangle."

Eagle Base gate, 1998

Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January, 1998: Local residents arriving for work at Eagle Base show their IDs at the gate. About 585 Bosnians wee employed at the facility at the time the photo was taken.

Police motorcycle stunt team in West Berlin, 1961

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, September, 1961: In case those in the distant reaches of Olympic Stadium didn't notice, a West Berlin motorcycle policemen helpfully displays the tire that should be on an axle as he speeds around the track with two of his fellow officers. The annual police extravaganza drew an estimated 100,000 spectators looking for a break from a tough few weeks that saw the construction of the Berlin Wall.

On the road in Bosnia, 1997

Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October, 1997: Two men try to stay out of the wet snow as they are pulled down the road by a motorized tricycle.

Vice Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, 1969

Jim Falk ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, 1969: Vice Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, Commander of Naval Forces, Vietnam, relaxes during an interview with Stars and Stripes. Zumwalt called the men under his command in the Brown Water Navy, whose small boats patrolled Vietnam's rivers, "tigers in every respect. Tales of their courage are legion. The episodes they have brought off are almost unbelievable." On April 12, 2014, a much sturdier craft — the Navy's first stealth destroyer — bearing Zumwalt's name was to be launched at Bath, Maine.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1969 story about the Brown Water Navy.

 
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