Published: December 11, 2013
Tom Benic ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, December, 1969: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry gather around their Christmas tree at Patrol Base Kotrc, near the Cambodian border. The tree was a gift from a women's organization in Seattle.
Published: December 10, 2013
Rob Jagodzinski ©Stars and Stripes
Red Sea, November, 1990: An E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft is towed along the flight deck of the USS Saratoga during Operation Desert Shield, the prelude to the Gulf War. The Hawkeye, with its large radar dome, was said to be capable of monitoring any flight activity within 500 miles of the carrier.
Published: December 9, 2013
J. Tom Graham ©Stars and Stripes
Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, October, 1968: Col. Robert L. Fair, left, commander of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and Pfc. Frank DeAngelis, 588th Engineer Battalion, put the finishing touches on a "Holiday Inn" sign at the entrance to the 1st Brigade's new rest facility, where troops returning from the field were to be treated to such long-awaited amenities as a swimming pool, ceiling fans and a steak barbecue.
Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about the Tay Ninh rest center.
Published: December 8, 2013
Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Bosnia and Herzegovina, May, 1998: Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) poses for pictures with soldiers at Camp McGovern. During his visit Gingrich ate lunch with the soldiers at the camp; he also toured the city of Brcko.
Published: December 7, 2013
Lem Robson ©Stars and Stripes
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, November, 1991: Flowers placed near the barbette of gun turret number three on the sunken USS Arizona honor the memory of 1,177 crew members whose lives were lost as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 50 years earlier, on December 7, 1941.
A 1991 story about Pearl Harbor, with a link to a Stars and Stripes special section.
Published: December 6, 2013
Steve Stibbens ©Stars and Stripes
Vinh Long, Vietnam, September, 1963: Villagers from Ba Dong, a tiny coastal hamlet about 75 miles from Saigon, disembark from a UH-18 helicopter at Vinh Long after being rescued from fighting that resulted in the death of one civil guard and the wounding of 14 others. The rescuers were American advisers from the 114th Air Mobile Co., who managed to squeeze 102 villagers into five Hueys (designed to carry 10 people each) and escape Ba Dong, with the Vietnamese Air Force providing support.
A 1963 Stars and Stripes story about the rescue mission.
Published: December 5, 2013
Jim Derheim ©Stars and Stripes
Griesheim, Germany, April, 1992: Two well-known men who worked for Stars and Stripes during World War II listen to a speech at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the newspaper's European edition. Bill Mauldin, left, captured the essence of the troops' daily life in the European mud in his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Willie and Joe" cartoons, while future "60 Minutes" correspondent Andy Rooney was one of the first journalists to accompany the 8th Air Force on a bombing raid over Germany.
A 1992 interview with Bill Mauldin, and some of his cartoons.
Published: December 4, 2013
Merle Hunter ©Stars and Stripes
Darmstadt, West Germany, November, 1956: Americans and Germans pass out food, clothing and gifts to Hungarian refugees whose train paused at a Darmstadt railway station as it brought them to new homes in the West. Tens of thousands of Hungarians fled their country in the wake of the brutal Soviet response to an uprising that began October 23.
Read two 1956 stories about the refugees.
Published: December 3, 2013
Michael Abrams ©Stars and Stripes
Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March, 1997: A giant penguin (played by 12-year-old Adam Uddin) gets the cold shoulder from four-year-old Robert Horsley at the Ramstein commissary. Even Robert's mom, Shandra, was unable to convince him to get into the spirit of National Frozen Foods Month, which the commissary kicked off with a cake-cutting and performances by the Ramstein school choir and the JROTC Training Corps' honor guard and drill team.
Published: December 2, 2013
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New York, September, 1955: USAREUR baseball most valuable player Ray Rosenbaum, right, and his USAFE counterpart, George Morgan, meet New York Yankees second baseman Billy Martin before a World Series game at Yankee Stadium. Rosenbaum, of the 39th Regiment Falcons, and Morgan, of the Bitburg Barons, were selected through an MVP poll conducted by Stars and Stripes, Pan Am Airlines and Spalding Sporting Goods. In addition to Series tickets, their reward also included lodging at the Waldorf-Astoria, tickets to Broadway shows, and media appearances with the likes of TV pioneer Dave Garroway.
Stars and Stripes' story about the two MVPs at the 1955 Series opener.