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.

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.

A 1969 story about the Brown Water Navy.

WWII victors' graffiti in Berlin, 1957

Lloyd Borguss ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, September, 1957: Thousands of Cyrillic inscriptions on the interior walls of the former Reichstag building serve as reminders of the Soviet Army's May, 1945 capture of Berlin and postwar presence in the city. The graffiti led Berliners to call the gutted parliament building — damaged by fire in 1933 and by bombs and artillery shells during the war — the "Russian Guest Book." At the time the photo was taken in 1957 there was talk of renovating the structure, but it wasn't until ten years after reunification, in 1999, that the German government returned there.

War in the desert, 1991

Wayne J. Begasse ©Stars and Stripes
Kuwait, 1991: If the Korean War is remembered for bitter cold and the Vietnam conflict for steamy jungles, the key words for the 1991 Gulf War are "sand" and "heat." Here, American forces push through the desert on the way to Kuwait City during the liberation of the country from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi conquerors.

A Stars and Stripes' reporter's account of the entry into Kuwait City.

173rd Airborne Brigade on patrol in Vietnam, 1965

Mike Mealey ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, May, 1965: Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade slosh through a stream during a jungle patrol. A Stars and Stripes story about the 173rd described the jungle as "Hot, sultry and dangerous; where you walk 10 yards to go forward five; where the enemy can be 30 feet away, hidden by the foliage; where you pick your feet up almost to your knees to keep from tripping on vines; where you sit down for a break only to be covered by insects, such as ants a quarter-inch long."

The 1965 Stars and Stripes story about jungle patrols.