Published: March 12, 2014
Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, September, 1968: A Seabee from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 62 has no room for error as he carries a sharp, heavy coil of barbed wire. The Seabees were working on the 16-mile-long "Da Nang Line," a watchtower-studded barrier intended to keep Communist infiltrators away from that city and the military installations surrounding it.
Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about the "Da Nang Line."
Published: March 11, 2014
Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Over Germany, November, 1978: A KC-135 tanker is in the process of refueling two F-15 Eagles and an F-4 Phantom above the clouds during a NATO exercise.
Published: March 10, 2014
Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, August, 1968: A soldier from 1st Brigade, 101st Air Cavalry Division, smiles as he stashes away a stack of mail and gets back to work during Operation Somerset Plain in the A Shau Valley.
Chris Butler ©Stars and Stripes
Germany, September 15, 1947: Lt. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, deputy EUCOM commander, welcomes a congressional delegation that includes Reps. Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) and Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois), both of whom would eventually become key members of the Senate. The House Armed Services and Appropriations Committee members were in Europe for several weeks on a fact-finding mission.
Dan Evans ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, July, 1971: Henry Kissinger, left, President Nixon's national security adviser, confers with Gen. Creighton Abrams, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker after arriving at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. It was the first stop on Kissinger's 10-day fact-finding tour of Southeast Asia.
L. Emmett Lewis, Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Muenster, Germany, November, 1990: Pvt. Dondi Holsey and Spec. Tom Cicione of the 184th Ordnance Company at Muenster Army Depot cut lumber to be used as shipping braces for 155mm howitzer ammunition on its way to the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield.
A November, 1990 story about the munitions shipments.
Rob Jagodzinski ©Stars and Stripes
Saudi Arabia, 1990: A servicemember deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield tries out a traditional local means of transportation.
Chung Tae Won ©Stars and Stripes
South Korea, January, 1969: Spc. 5 Levi A. Bragdon, a senior assembly specialist, prepares the nose cone of an Honest John missile for launch during the testing of a portable computer system that enabled crews to send one of the weapons aloft in five minutes, instead of the half-hour needed for human calculations. Four Honest Johns were launched, bringing the number tested on the peninsula by the 1st Battalion, 42nd Artillery, to 127. Three of the four scored direct hits.
A 1969 Stars and Stripes story about the missile tests.
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Nuremberg, Germany, January, 1947: MPs hold back a crowd of fans anxious to get in the picture with former world heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling, who was serving as the guest referee at a boxing exhibition. Schmeling still hoped to revive his career, but after five fights (two of them losses) in the next two years, he retired to a life as a very successful businessman in Germany. When he died in 2005 at age 99, The Guardian noted that Schmeling was "probably the last living person to have spoken with Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, Al Capone, Pope Pius XII and Marlene Dietrich." His two fights with Joe Louis (Schmeling won the first in 1936 and lost the second in 1938) were charged with pre-World War II political and racial overtones.
Henry Compton ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, July, 1948: Berlin Airlift pilots receive their final orders before flying another load of coal out of 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. On the blackboard in the background are strict instructions limiting pilots' radio transmissions, a necessity with planes taking off for Berlin every three minutes. The 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.
Read a July, 1948 Stars and Stripes story about Berlin Airlift pilots.