Down time in Bosnia, 1998

Jon Anderson ©Stars and Stripes
Bosnia and Herzegovina, June, 1998: Spc. Matt Popalisky of the 142nd Field Artillery National Guard from Fayetteville, Ark. reads a book at transient tent quarters on Eagle Base. Popalisky was marking time before heading back to the States in a few days.

Saigon River, 1967

Bill Becker ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, May, 1967: Moving in a tactical formation, Armored Troop Carriers ferry U.S. soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division down the Saigon River on the edge of the Boi Loi Woods, near Cu Chi, during Operation Manhattan. The World War II-vintage boats dropped the patrols off at hard-to-reach places along the river where enemy troops might be hiding.

Capt. William Carpenter in Vietnam, 1966

Jack Baird ©Stars and Stripes
Dak To, South Vietnam, June, 1966: Capt. William Carpenter, right, commander of the 101st Airborne Division's C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Regiment, and 1st Lt. William Jordan talk about their company's recent close call in escaping from near-encirclement by North Vietnamese forces. Carpenter, a football All-American and team captain at West Point, called for a napalm strike on his own position that enabled his troops to set up a defensive perimeter and eventually break free. His actions earned him his second Silver Star of the war. Carpenter eventually turned down pro football offers and made the military his career; he retired as a general officer.

Robert Kennedy at the Korean DMZ, 1964

Steve Stibbens ©Stars and Stripes
South Korea, January, 1964: Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy scans the terrain at the Korean Demilitarized Zone through periscope binoculars at Outpost Dort. In the background is Maj. Gen. Charles Leonard, commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Stars and Stripes' 1964 story about RFK's visit to South Korea.

Aircraft wreckage at Khe Sanh, 1968

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, March, 1968: Two U.S. Marines, on their way to a helicopter as they complete their tour of duty at besieged Khe Sanh, walk past the wreckage of an Air Force transport plane on the side of the airstrip. It was estimated that 30,000 Communist troops were massed around the base at the height of the enemy offensive.

Actress Jane Russell in Tokyo, 1957

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Tokyo, March, 1957: Actress Jane Russell meets one of several Japanese orphans who were on hand to welcome her as she arrived at Tokyo International Airport. Russell was to tour U.S. camps and bases in Korea and Japan as part of Operation Starlift. At right is Army Spec. 3 Richart T. Wardell Jr. of the airport's Army Liaison Office.

Bound for the Balkans, 1995

Ken George ©Stars and Stripes
Mannheim, Germany, December, 1995: Capt. Steve Durham watches as the first train loaded with military equipment leaves the Coleman Barracks railhead on its way to Zagreb, Croatia, to help pave the way for the NATO peacekeeping force in the Balkans. Durham is in charge of the 15-person Movement Control Team at Mannheim, which works as a point of contact between the U.S. Army and the German rail system.

Stars and Stripes' 1995 story about the start of the Balkans mission.

Jet crash in Germany, 1954

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Near Bad Neuheim, West Germany, June, 1954: Although 1st Lt. O.R. Secrest's F-86 Sabre jet skidded into this garden near the autobahn, things could have turned our much worse. After his engine failed, Secrest flew under power lines and made a wheels-up landing; his ejection seat activated, and he eventually landed on the tail of the aircraft. A softball team made up of medical personnel happened to be passing by on the way to a game, and they treated Secrest's injuries. He was temporarily blinded, but regained his sight in a few days.

William F. Buckley Jr. in Vietnam, 1969

Phil McCombs ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, December, 1969: Author and syndicated columnist William F. Buckley Jr., during a stop on his three-day visit to South Vietnam. Buckley, founder of the National Review and a key figure in the modern conservative movement, was touring the Far East on a fact-finding mission for President Richard Nixon's Special Advisory Commission on Information.

Stars and Stripes' 1969 story about William F. Buckley Jr.'s visit to Vietnam.

Gov. Thomas Dewey in Germany, 1949

Gerald Waller ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, West Germany, May, 1949: A photographer records the scene at the Rhein-Main airport as New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey and Brig. Gen. Philip E. Gallagher, commanding general of the Frankfurt Military Command Post, stand for the playing of the national anthem by the 7788th Army Band. Dewey, the Republican nominee for president in 1944 and 1948, was stopping over at Frankfurt on his way to Berlin.

Stars and Stripes' 1949 story about Gov. Dewey's 1949 trip to Germany.