The Cowsills in Germany, 1971

Charles Dees ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, West Germany, April, 1971: Members of the musical Cowsill family are interviewed during a tour of U.S. military clubs in Germany. The Cowsills, a military family themselves, had their first hit in 1967 with "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," and are also remembered for their version of the theme from "Hair." The kids ranged in age from 11 to 21, and were joined onstage by their mom, Barbara.

Stars and Stripes' 1971 story about the Cowsills.

Frankfurt High School graduation, 1949

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Frankfurt, West Germany, June, 1949: Frankfurt High School's 33 seniors, along with the lone senior from Berlin High School, take part in their graduation ceremony. The day before, the Frankfurt graduates joined the departing classes from other dependents' schools in Germany on a Rhine River cruise.

Stars and Stripes' 1949 story about the graduation ceremony.

First day of school in Berlin, 1962

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, September, 1962: Seven-year-old Bruce Kennedy contemplates his last moments of freedom before the new school year begins at the Berlin Command dependents' school.

Military brat Priscilla Beaulieu, 1960

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Germany, March, 1960: Among those turning out to bid farewell to Sgt. Elvis Presley as he left for the U.S. upon completion of his overseas tour of duty was Priscilla Beaulieu, the stepdaughter of an Air Force officer stationed at Wiesbaden. Seven years later, she and Presley were married in Las Vegas.

Military brat Mark Hamill returns to Yokosuka, 1978

Scott Woodham ©Stars and Stripes
Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, June, 1978: Actor Mark Hamill, center, famous for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," poses with a couple of students in a hallway of his alma mater, Nile C. Kinnick High School. Hamill was student council president and a member of the Class of 1969 at Kinnick while his father, a Navy officer, was stationed at Yokosuka. At the time of his visit, he was working on the World War II film, The "Big Red One," and preparing for the "Star Wars" sequel.

Stars and Stripes' 1978 story about Mark Hamill at Yokosuka.

On the way home from Bosnia, 1996

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Taszár, Hungary, November, 1996: Pfc. Gabriel Medina uses water from a high-pressure hose to clean a five-ton truck before its shipment back to Fort Campbell, Ky. The air base at Taszár was a stopover point for thousands of U.S. troops heading home from deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina. "It's a good idea to bring the units here," one soldier said, "but seven days is too long. It's needed to get the soldiers into a normal routine and leave all the Bosnia stuff behind, but there is a lot of wasted time here."

A November, 1996 Stars and Stripes story about life at Taszár.

Missile firing practice on Okinawa, 1968

Eikoh Goya ©Stars and Stripes
Okinawa, January, 1968: Chief Warrant Officer Jose Alemar and Spec. 4 Roger Maryhew of the U.S. Army's 30th Artillery Brigade check the safety and arming device on a Nike-Hercules missile as Sgt. Jimmie Bradshaw, in background, raises another missile into firing position during an annual firing practice. The 39-foot-long (including booster) Nike-Hercules was directed to its target through ground-based guidance, unlike the other stalwart of the Army arsenal, the Hawk, which featured an internal guidance system.

Stars and Stripes' 1968 story on the Nike-Hercules firing practice.

Spencer Tracy in Berlin, 1961

Norman Zeisloft ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, May, 1961: Actor Spencer Tracy, at a press conference marking the end of the filming of a portion of "Judgment at Nuremberg." In the background is co-star Richard Widmark. Several scenes representing postwar Nuremberg were filmed in Berlin because of the war damage that could still be found there.

Stars and Stripes' 1961 story about the filming of "Judgment at Nuremberg."

Queen's Guard inspection in London, 1959

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
London, October 5, 1959: Before going on duty at St. James's Palace, soldiers of the Queen's Guard stand inspection by the adjutant, at center. The guards' lives had recently been made easier by the placement of barriers between them and the public. "It's about time," said one. "We've had enough of that lot. They'd stick pins in you, some of them." Other annoyances included cigarettes tossed into gun barrels and oranges stuck on bayonets.

A 1959 Stars and Stripes story and photo gallery about the Queen's Guard.