Unpopular Soviets, 1962


Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, 1962: West Berliners on the sidewalk near Checkpoint Charlie throw rocks at a military bus carrying Soviet troops across the border to the Soviet war memorial a few months after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

USS Oklahoma City, 1974


Bob Wickley ©Stars and Stripes
Pacific Ocean, July, 1974: Sailors on the USS Oklahoma City holystone the 7th Fleet flagship's teak deck. In the fairly unpopular shipboard chore, a discolored deck is cleaned with blocks of pumice at the end of broomsticks.

Pinball in Bosnia, 1998


Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Slavonski Brod, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October, 1998:  Antonio Trinidad, an employee of Lockheed Martin, plays a Dirty Harry pinball game at Camp Sava North. Trinidad, who performs maintenance work on Humvees and trucks, plays pinball regularly on lunch breaks and after quitting time.

Dynamite, 1968


Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, August, 1968: Engineers prepare dynamite to clear trees for a hilltop landing zone in the A Shau Valley during Operation Somerset Plain.

Frosty salute, 1995


Michael Abrams ©Stars and Stripes
Vicenza, Italy, December, 1995: Sgt. Brandon Hughes of the 13th MP Company gets a little help from Frosty as he checks traffic entering the base. Hughes built Frosty after a heavy snowfall hit northern Italy; it's unknown how many people returned the salute.

Tunnel in Bosnia, 1996


Chuck Gohl ©Stars and Stripes
Krizevici, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 1996: Spc. Mark Miller stands guard at the entrance of a 2.5-mile railroad tunnel between Tuzla and Zvornik, cities on opposite ends of the former line of confrontation. Theories about what was in the tunnel ranged from nothing at all to mass graves, mines and chemical weapons, so the troops navigated the dark depths with great care.

Stars and Stripes' 1996 story about the tunnel.

Seoul-bound serpent, 1966


Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, 1966: South Korean army Staff Sgt. Jung Kil Lee captured this nine-foot-long regal python during an operation in Vietnam, where some animals cold be almost as dangerous as the Viet Cong. The serpent was soon on a U.S. Air Force plane, bound for a new home in Seoul's Changkyung-Won Zoo.

Big gift from home, 1990


Ken George ©Stars and Stripes
Saudi Arabia, December, 1990: U.S. 1st Cavalry troops taking part in Operation Desert Shield pose in the Saudi Arabian desert with an eight-foot-by-seven-foot T-shirt autographed by thousands of military family members back home. The Jacksonville, Florida, USO was behind the effort, which also included the sale of normal-sized "we support you" shirts to raise funds for the USO's activities.

Prince in Tokyo, 1996


Nancy Graham ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, January, 1996: The Artist Formerly (and again later) Known as Prince plays a specially-designed guitar in the shape of his new name/logo before a packed house at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall.

A 1996 Stars and Stripes story about Prince's Tokyo show.

Air show, 1958


Gene Bane ©Stars and Stripes
Farnborough, England, September, 1958: A visitor to the 19th Farnborough Air Show takes advantage of a rare, safe opportunity for a close-up look at one of the planes on exhibit.