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Japan's Crown Prince Akihito, 1963

S. Nagai ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, November 26, 1963: U.S. Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer talks with Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko before a memorial service for President John F. Kennedy at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Tokyo. "Please accept my sympathy on this sad occasion," the future emperor said.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1963 story about the memorial service.

Parachute club in West Germany, 1959

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Over West Germany, August, 1959: A soldier from the 8th Infantry Division steps out into the void as he and other members of the Golden Arrow Sports Parachute Club take part in their free-falling hobby in the skies above the Finthen airstrip.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1959 Stars and Stripes story about the parachute club.

Audience at a Bill Haley and His Comets show, 1958

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Strasbourg, France, November, 1958: The audience at a Bill Haley and His Comets show (or most of it, anyway) gets into the music. Haley's act, while rather tame by today's standards, sparked a riot in West Berlin in October that drew condemnation of the rock and roll genre from both East and West. Later in November, the fans' exuberance at Haley's first performance in Barcelona resulted in the cancellation of the rest of his shows there.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Subscribers to Stars and Stripes' iPad app can see more photos of Bill Haley's 1958 Strasbourg show here.

Polishing the presidential plane, 1966

Bob Milnes ©Stars and Stripes
Andrews Air Force Base, Md., July, 1966:
Members of the maintenance crew for the fleet of presidential aircraft polish the exterior of the plane that's known as SAM 26000 while in the hangar, but as Air Force One with President Lyndon Johnson aboard.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1966 story about the presidential aircraft fleet.

Marines attack an enemy position, 1967

Tom Dreiling ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, May, 1967: U.S. Marines fire as they charge against a North Vietnamese position near Con Thien during Operation Prairie IV.

Traffic jam on the autobahn, 1956

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Germany, August, 1956: The German word for a traffic jam is stau, but drivers caught in this eight-mile-long mess on the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn probably used some much more colorful language to describe it. The midsummer nightmare was caused by construction that caused the blocking off of a section of the southbound lane.

Truck pull at Guardian Base, 1997

Diane S. Lundholm ©Stars and Stripes
Guardian Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August, 1997: Firefighters from Guardian Base engage in a tug-of-war with their 29,350-lb. pumper. The four men pulled the vehicle approximately 50 feet ... just to see if they could. From left to right, they are Spc. Robert R. Comer, Spc. Jody Erickson, Pvt. Joseph M. Thomas, Jr. and Pfc. Kenneth Riley, Jr.

Night firing exercise in Japan, 1997

Mark Allen ©Stars and Stripes
Camp Fuji, Japan, October, 1997: A night firing exercise at Camp Fuji is captured in a ghostly time-exposure photo.

Billy Mills wins at the Olympics, 1964

Fred G. Braitsch Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, Japan, October, 1964: U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Billy Mills crosses the finish line in what may have been the biggest upset of the 1964 Olympics, a record-setting triumph in the 10,000-meter race. Following him across the line are Mohammed Gamoudi of Tunisia (615) and pre-race favorite Ron Clarke of Australia. Mills, an Oglala Lakota American Indian, grew up on the Pine Ridge reservation and attended the University of Kansas. He is now the national spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a wide-ranging charitable organization.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1964 story about Mills and his upset win.
A 1999 Stars and Stripes interview with Mills.

'Tunnel rat' in Vietnam, 1967

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, November, 1967: Colt .45 and flashlight in hand, wearing a gas mask, "tunnel rat" Sp4 Richard Winters of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division cautiously lowers himself into a 1,000-foot-long Viet Cong tunnel found in Vietnam's "Iron Triangle."

 
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