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Reenlistment ceremony, 2005

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Vince Little ©Stars and Stripes
Camp Taji, Iraq, April, 2005: In what was billed as the largest U.S. reenlistment ceremony ever held in Iraq, 177 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division's Aviation Brigade pledge a fresh commitment to the Army. The group signed up for an additional 990 years of combined service.
 

Back from Iraq, 2006

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Ben Bloker ©Stars and Stripes
Miesau, Germany, October, 2006: Capt. Christopher Gilbert shares a moment with his wife, Katherine, after returning home from a one-year deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq.
 

Wash time, 1992

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Ted Salois ©Stars and Stripes
Persian Gulf, September, 1992: Airman Apprentice Brett Graveline of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115 scrubs an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the USS Independence — and the aircraft appears to be smiling in appreciation for the back-scratching. The Independence was patrolling the area during Operation Southern Watch, the follow-up to the Gulf War.
 

Polio shot, 1955

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Ted Rohde ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, August, 1955: With his six-year-old brother Ronald watching, seven-year-old Robert Duran, son of Sgt. and Mrs. Raymond Duran, receives a Salk polio vaccine shot from Capt. Anna L. O'Hagen at the 97th General Hospital. Helping out is Sgt. Lester Nelson. The Salk vaccine, approved for release to the general public four months earlier, was a large factor in controlling a disease that struck over 57,000 Americans in 1952. By 1962, with the Sabin vaccine added to the fight, the number of new cases reported was under 1,000.
 

Tank mishap, 1953

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Frank Praytor ©Stars and Stripes
Seoul, Korea, May, 1953: A heavy British-owned tank rests on its side in the middle of a busy Seoul street after it fell off the trailer that was hauling it through the city. Pvt. John Turner of London was driving the tank transport around the curve of a traffic circle when suddenly, "I heard a loud boom. That was it." The big tank "tumbled off the trailer, swerved, and one of the front wheels fell off." Turner, due to rotate back to London in six days after a 16-month tour of duty in Korea, had to remain until a board of inquiry investigated the accident, in which no one was injured.

Independence Day in Bosnia, 1996

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Michael Abrams ©Stars and Stripes
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 1, 1996: Members of the Bosnian army march through Tuzla's stadium during Independence Day ceremonies. On February 29, 1992, Bosnian Muslims and Croats voted for separation from Yugoslavia; since the vote took place in a leap year, the anniversary is marked on March 1. The 1996 celebration was the first one held in peacetime, following the Dayton agreement and the signing of a peace treaty in Paris in late 1995.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1996 Stars and Stripes story about Bosnia's 1996 Independence Day celebration.
 

Do not cross, 1961

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Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, October, 1961: American airmen from the RAF Wethersfield football team, sightseeing while in town for a game against the Berlin Bears, toe a line marking the border between East and West as they view the Berlin Wall from the Friedrichstrasse.
 

Armistice, 1953

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Frank Praytor ©Stars and Stripes
Korea, July, 1953: Moments after the armistice that halted the 37-month Korean conflict went into effect, mortarmen from the 1st Marine Division put aside their wartime duties along no-man's land and enjoy a meal.
 

Operation Provide Comfort, 1991

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Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Silopi, Turkey, May, 1991: Army Spcs. Sharon V. Smith and Jesse Cross, assigned to the 593rd Supply Co. out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, count water canisters as part of Operation Provide Comfort to aid Kurdish refugees.
 

Steve Prefontaine, 1972

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Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Munich, September, 1972: Steve Prefontaine of the U.S. walks away from the finish area after falling just short in a bid for a medal in the 5000-meter race at the Olympic Games. Prefontaine took the lead with four laps to go, but was eventually outkicked by Ian Stewart of Great Britain for third place after a gutsy effort in what is considered one of the greatest distance races of all time. Finland's Lasse Viren won in a time of 13:26.42.
 

 
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