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Berlin Airlift, 1948

Henry Compton ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, July, 1948: Workers toss a bag of coal onto a Berlin-bound plane at Rhein-Main Air Base, one of the two hubs (along with Wiesbaden) of the effort to supply the divided city in the face of a Soviet blockade of ground transportation. The Berlin Airlift, which started in late June, 1948, and lasted through September, 1949, featured 278,228 flights that brought in over 2.3 million tons of food and supplies and 1.5 million tons of coal.
 

40th Armor, 1959

Keith Owens ©Stars and Stripes
Camp Beaver, South Korea, May, 1959: Among the competitive events at the 40th Armor Regiment's Organization Day was a machine gun disassembly contest, which was won by the team of, left to right, Sgt. Dale K. Morrison, Katusa Pfc. Sam Kon Kim and Spc. 4 Louis Maxwell.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A story and more photos from Organization Day.
 

Bosun's chair, 1955

Sandy Colton ©Stars and Stripes
China Sea, February, 1955: An Air Force Band member is transferred by bosun's chair from the Fletcher-class destroyer USS McDermut to the carrier USS Princeton in the China Sea. The Princeton was bound for Bangkok, Thailand, as part of Operation Firm Link, an exercise intended to show how quickly and effectively members of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization — formed a few months earlier — could act in a time of emergency.
 

USS Forrestal damage, 1967

Russ Havourd ©Stars and Stripes
Subic Bay, Philippines, August, 1967: The USS Forrestal's scarred and mangled flight deck attests to the heat of the fire that killed 134 servicemembers on the carrier during flight operations in the Gulf of Tonkin, off Vietnam, on July 29, 1967. The blaze started when a power surge caused a rocket from a Phantom jet to fire and strike another aircraft on the other side of the deck.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1967 Stars and Stripes story from the aftermath of the Forrestal disaster.
 

Border guard, 1974

Regis Bossu ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, 1974: A border guard on the Communist side of the Berlin Wall answers Stars and Stripes photographer Regis Bossu's focusing by taking a shot of his own.
 

Patrol in Bosnia, 1998

Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Camp McGovern, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September, 1998: Pvt. Phillip Swain sits atop a Humvee as a four-vehicle convoy heads out to conduct a presence patrol. The 3½-hour patrol went through four local villages, stopping occasionally so soldiers could talk with local residents.
 

Fountain in Spain, 1988

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Spain, 1988: The water in a fountain at Madrid, Spain sparkles in the setting sun.
 

Filming a WWII movie in France, 1964

Bob Milnes ©Stars and Stripes
Cherbourg, France, November, 1964: A young spectator gets an elevated view of the action during the filming of :Up from the Beach," starring Cliff Robertson, which describes the days that followed the D-Day landings in Normandy in June, 1944.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1964 Stars and Stripes story about the filming of "Up from the Beach."
 

USS Wisconsin, 1990

Rob Jagodzinski ©Stars and Stripes
Persian Gulf, October, 1990: The battleship USS Wisconsin steams through the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield. The Wisconsin, which had been decommissioned in 1958 after seeing action in World War II and the Korean conflict, was returned to service with capabilities for launching Tomahawk missiles in 1988. Following the Gulf War, it was again decommissioned on September 30, 1991, and is now berthed at the Nauticus museum in its old home port of Norfolk, Va.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Two 1990 Stars and Stripes stories about the USS Wisconsin.
 

Mekong Delta, 1967

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, September, 1967: A pilot with the 334th Armored Helicopter Company, based at Bien Hoa, concentrates during a daytime attack on a Viet Cong target on the Mekong Delta. The gunships generally flew in pairs, striking at the enemy with rockets, grenades and miniguns.
 

 
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