Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
West Berlin, August, 1961: Vice President Lyndon Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to West Germany Walter Dowling and Maj. Gen. Albert Watson II, commanding general of the Berlin Command, take their places for the playing of the national anthem at Tempelhof Airport. Behind them, at left, is retired Gen. Lucius Clay. Johnson was sent by President Kennedy to meet with West German leaders and reassure them of America's support in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall a few days earlier. While in the divided city, Johnson greeted 1,500 troops from the 18th Infantry's 1st Battle Group who drove up in a convoy from Mannheim to bolster the U.S. military presence.