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Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Yokota, 1961

Sandy Colton ©Stars and Stripes
Yokota Air Base, Japan, July, 1961: Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur, left, is greeted by Brig. Gen. Charles Morhouse, the Fifth Air Force surgeon general, planeside at Yokota. MacArthur was on his way home from a 10-day visit to the Philippines, where millions turned out to welcome the World War II military leader. Seventy years ago this week, MacArthur and his staff waded ashore at Leyte Island in the early stages of the campaign to free the Philippines from Japanese control. "People of the Philippines," he said, "I have returned! By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

Helicopter landing in Bosnia, 1998

Timothy Baker ©Stars and Stripes
Bosnia and Herzegovina, December, 1998: An Apache helicopter kicks up a cloud of freshly-fallen snow as it lands at Comanche Base, the home of 16 such aircraft from the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based XVIII Airborne Corps.

Bob Marley in Tokyo, 1979

Chet King ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, April, 1979: Reggae great Bob Marley performs at Tokyo's Kosei Nenkin Hall during one of eight shows in Japan on the Wailers' tour to promote their latest album, "Babylon by Bus."

James Webb does research in Tokyo, 1983

Ken George ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, June, 1983: Author James Webb, in the process of writing his third novel, looks through newspaper clippings during a visit to Tokyo. Webb, twice wounded while serving with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, later became Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration. In November, 2006 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia, and retired after one term.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1983 interview with James Webb.
 

USAREUR football publicity shot, 1956

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Augsburg, Germany, October 20, 1956: As the 511th Airborne Regiment Falcons prepared for the quarterfinals of the eight-team USAREUR football playoffs, their top rushing threat, Al "Yogi" Ybarra, posed for a publicity photo. The Falcons were among the surprises of the 1956 season, with five wins and a tie in their first six games in a league that featured talent from some of the nation's top collegiate programs. Service football in Europe in the the 1950s was intensely competitive, but it was fun for the fans, too; Lt. Milt Borman, the 511th's public information officer, was known for such stunts as having the game ball parachuted onto the field.

Plei Me Special Forces camp, 1965

Joe Schneider ©Stars and Stripes
Plei Me, South Vietnam, December, 1965: Servicemembers pass through the gate of the Plei Me Special Forces camp. Two months earlier, a handful of American troops and about 250 Montagnard tribesmen living nearby held off a Viet Cong attack on the camp until reinforcements arrived.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' December, 1965 story about the battle at Plei Me.
 

Photo op in Vietnam, 1969

Tom Benic ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, December, 1969: Two soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry pause to take a photo as the Wolfhounds patrol the marshy area around Patrol Base Kotrc, near the Cambodian border.

Above the Brandenburg Gate, 1961

Norm Zeisloft ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, December, 1961: The once-vibrant area around the Brandenburg Gate is now deserted, thanks to the construction of the Berlin Wall four months earlier. The view is southeast toward Potsdamer Platz at upper right; the open area at upper left, in East Berlin, is the former site of Hitler's Reich Chancellery and the bunker where the dictator met his end 16 years earlier.

Rev. Billy Graham in Tokyo, 1956

©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, February, 1956: Rev. Billy Graham waves as he arrives in Tokyo, a few hours before preaching to thousands of American servicemembers at a rally in Yokohama. The 37-year-old evangelist was scheduled to spend a week in Japan before visiting the troops in Korea.

Honoring Brig. Gen. Roosevelt, 1955

Merle Hunter ©Stars and Stripes
Normandy, June, 1955: Master Sgt. Theodore Dobol of the 1st Infantry Division places a wreath at the grave of Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. during a ceremony at the U.S. cemetery at Omaha Beach. In the division color guard are, left to right, Pfc. John Stanley, Sgt. James Moore, Sgt. Thomas Griffith and Pfc. William Powers. Roosevelt — son of the 26th President — landed at Utah Beach on D-Day (despite arthritis that forced him to walk with a cane) and led his troops inland. After his death from a heart attack a month after the landing, he was awarded the Medal of Honor — which was also awarded posthumously to his father in 2001.
 

 
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