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Basketball star Moses Malone at Wiesbaden, 1978

Pete Milia ©Stars and Stripes
Wiesbaden, Germany, August, 1978: Moses Malone, the 6'10" Houston Rockets basketball star, towers over Roger Hudnell, left, and Phinney Barnes during a visit to the AAFES shopping center at Wiesbaden, Germany.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1978 Stars and Stripes story about Moses Malone in Germany.

Soviet information desk in Berlin, 1954

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Berlin, January, 1954: This Soviet information desk at the four-power foreign ministers' conference doesn't seem like a particularly friendly place to go for answers, but in fact, the Eastern bloc — opening up a bit after the death of Stalin the year before — was making a special effort to court the press.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A story about the Soviets' media operation at the 1954 conference.

Troops arrive for Operation Birmingham, 1966

Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, May, 1966: American soldiers arrive at Tay Ninh on a C-130 to take part in Operation Birmingham near the Cambodian border. More than 3,000 troops from the 1st Infantry Division were brought in for the operation.

Russian troops in Bosnia, 1998

Michael Abrams ©Stars and Stripes
Ugljevik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August, 1998: Troops from the Russian contingent in Bosnia parade by during a celebration on their base at Ugljevik marking the 68th anniversary of the founding of their nation's Airborne force.

Railroad yard at Da Nang, 1971

Steve Conaway ©Stars and Stripes
Da Nang, South Vietnam, March, 1971: Steel rails are stacked at the mostly-deserted railroad terminal in Da Nang. According to a Stars and Stripes story, "Years ago the Vietnamese had a respectable network of rails linking major cities, but continuing war made it all but impossible to guard the hundreds of miles of open rails and bridges."

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1971 story about the Da Nang railroad station.

Gregory Peck on the set in Taiwan, 1968

Andrew Headland Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Taipei, Taiwan, December, 1968: A make-up man puts the finishing touches on actor Gregory Peck before the filming of a scene from "The Chairman" at Yuan Tung Shih Temple.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A Stars and Stripes story about the filming of "The Chairman."

Vice President Johnson in West Berlin, 1961

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.

Winter exercise in Germany, 1967

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Near Bad Tolz, Germany, January, 1967: American troops, on skis and carrying packs, start out on a long winter-training trek during which they were to drag a 50-pound bomb on a sled in darkness to a rendezvous point about 40 miles away. They were then to hide out in the forest for three days before returning.

South Vietnamese orphanage, 1962

Al Chang ©Stars and Stripes
Saigon, South Vietnam, August, 1962: Capt. William J. Weafer, Army Field Command, tries to comfort an unhappy child at the Go Vap Orphanage on the outskirts of Saigon. The orphans received support from such sources as U.S. troops and their wives, embassy employees, the Vietnamese government and the Catholic Support Relief Service.

Eleanor Roosevelt stops in Frankfurt, 1957

Merle Hunter ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, August, 1957: Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt stops off at the Frankfurt airport on her way to Moscow, by way of Berlin and Copenhagen. Mrs. Roosevelt, working for a New York newspaper, was to spend three weeks touring the Soviet Union. While there, she interviewed Nikita Khrushchev, but the meeting turned into a debate on human rights, among other issues.

President Eisenhower at inauguration, 1953

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Washington, D.C., January, 1953: President Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledges the cheers of the crowd during his inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

President George H.W. Bush greets Europe, 1989

L. Emmett Lewis Jr. ©Stars and Stripes

Frankfurt, Germany, May, 1989: President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with a member of the crowd at Rhein-Main Air Base, where he spoke briefly before boarding Air Force One for a flight to London. Bush's first European trip as president included a NATO summit and meetings with Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth, among others; prior to this Rhein-Main stop, he had gone on a Rhine River cruise.

World leaders at an economic summit, 1985

L. Emmett Lewis Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Bonn, Germany, May, 1985: President Ronald Reagan poses with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during a photo session at Augustusburg Palace for world leaders attending a three-day economic summit.

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A story about the photo session at the economic summit.

Former President Truman on vacation, 1958

Gene Bane ©Stars and Stripes
Algeciras, Spain, June, 1958: Former President Harry S Truman holds court aboard the liner Independence during a brief stop at Algeciras. Truman and his wife, Bess, were in Europe for what the 33rd president hoped would be "a long and pleasant rest," but their plans to visit France were still on hold after the fall of that nation's government during the Algerian crisis.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1958 story about former President Truman in Europe.

Mother Teresa at the Frankfurt airport, 1984

Stephanie James ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, September 26, 1984: Visitors to the Frankfurt airport frequently encounter actors, musicians, politicians and other celebrities as they move to and from the gates, but the sight of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on the people mover still must have produced more than the usual share of double-takes. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, noted for her work among the poor and sick, was on her way from Rome to Berlin.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1984 interview with Mother Teresa.

B.B. King onstage at Frankfurt, 1992

Jim Derheim ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, November, 1992: B.B. King performs at Frankfurt's Alte Oper. King shared the stage with another guitar great, Robert Cray.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1992 story about the B.B. King-Robert Cray concert.

Elvis arrives in Friedberg, Germany, 1958

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Friedberg, Germany, October, 1958: U.S. Army Pvt. Elvis Presley of 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division arrives at Ray Barracks in Friedberg to begin his 18-month overseas tour.

P3C Orion aircraft at Misawa Air Base, 1977

Bob Wickley ©Stars and Stripes
Misawa Air Base, Japan, March, 1977: A P3C Orion submarine-hunting aircraft is checked out before a training mission by a Patrol Squadron 40 crew.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1977 story about Patrol Squadron 40.

Pete Rose and the Phillie Phanatic, 1979

Chet King ©Stars and Stripes
Yokohama, Japan, November, 1979: The Phillie Phanatic looms over Philadelphia's Pete Rose in the on-deck circle during the opening game of an 18-day all-star baseball tour featuring 46 top major leaguers. The National League stars beat the American League in the opener of the series, 11-2, with Phil Niekro of the Braves getting the win and Dave Kingman of the Cubs hitting a two-run homer. The tour included several games between the A.L. and the N.L., and two in which the American big-leaguers faced their Japanese counterparts.

On the way home from Vietnam, 1973

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Yokota Air Base, Japan, March, 1973: Sgt. 1.C. Gregorio S. N. Torre brandishes a small brass bell he bought in a Saigon shop as he prepares to board a flight to Travis AFB, Calif., on his way home from Vietnam. "This is my Liberty Bell, man," he said. "It's going to ring out my freedom when I get to Travis." Torre was one of 752 U.S. servicemen who quietly passed through Yokota within a few hours; they were the first of the last American troops to leave South Vietnam.

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A 1973 Stars and Stripes story about the troops on their way home.
 

Ann-Margret and band at Andersen AFB, 1966

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Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, March, 1966: On their way to Vietnam, where they were to spend 15 days performing for the troops, singer-actress Ann-Margret and her band got a closeup look at a B-52 bomber on an Andersen AFB runway. From left to right are bassist Chuck Day, Ann-Margret, guitarist Johnny Rivers and drummer Mickey Jones. As they were visiting, the entertainers watched as a B-52 returning from a mission over Vietnam made a successful landing in spite of a faulty right rear landing gear.

Deep Purple goes medieval, 1988

Anita Gosch ©Stars and Stripes
Darmstadt, Germany, June, 1988: Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan, left, and bassist Roger Glover pose in medieval costumes during the hard-rock band's record-release party at Frankenstein Castle, near Darmstadt.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1988 story about Deep Purple.

The Nixon family arrives in Frankfurt, 1963

Ted Rohde ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, July, 1963: The Nixon family poses after arriving in Frankfurt from Berlin. With former vice president Richard M. Nixon were daughter Julie, wife Pat and daughter Tricia. While in Berlin, Nixon journeyed to the other side of the Wall and talked to East Berliners. His reaction to the East was, "Budapest is a free city compared to this. You have to see it to believe it." As for his future, Nixon told reporters he had "no plans to be a candidate" for political office. Richard Nixon was born 100 years ago today, on January 9, 1913.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1963 story about the Nixons' arrival in Frankfurt
 

President Kennedy and generals in Hanau, 1963

Ted Rohde ©Stars and Stripes
Hanau, Germany, June 1963: President John F. Kennedy is joined by a group of generals as he tours Hanau's Fliegerhorst Caserne. With the president from left to right are Lt. Gen. J. H. Michaelis, V Corps commander; Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe; Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, Army chief of staff; Gen. Truman H. Landon, USAFE commander in chief; Gen. Paul L. Freeman Jr., USAREUR commander in chief; and Maj. Gen. Chester V. Clifton Jr., Kennedy's military aide.

Vietnamese family tries to escape fighting, 1968

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, May, 1968: A Vietnamese family walks toward central Saigon to escape fighting near Tan Son Nhut air base, on the city's outskirts. South Vietnamese authorities said at noon on May 9 that about 46,000 people had already taken refuge in Saigon since the beginning of a Viet Cong offensive five days earlier; they estimated that another 14,000 would arrive by nightfall.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1968 story about the refugees' flight into Saigon.

Helmut Kohl visits U.S. troops at Mainz, 1973

Ted Rohde ©Stars and Stripes
Mainz, Germany, September, 1973: Dr. Helmut Kohl, minister-president of Rheinland-Pfalz, visits U.S. troops at Lee Barracks in Mainz. Kohl, the future German chancellor who was then roughly the equivalent of an American governor, presented a color television to troops of the 1st Brigade, 8th Infantry Division, during his visit. It was the first of five TVs to be given to the 8th ID; personnel at Ramstein Air Base also got one. "What we are trying to accomplish here is for the Americans to have some insight into the ways the Germans live," Kohl said.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1973 story about Helmut Kohl at Lee Barracks.

Green Day show at Cologne, Germany, 1994

Dee Dee Doke ©Stars and Stripes
Cologne, Germany, October, 1994: Presiding over the moshing, grappling crowd at the Luxor Club is Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, at right. It was a big year for Green Day, with the release of the highly-successful "Dookie" album (featuring the number-one single "Basket Case"), an appearance at Woodstock '94, and a Grammy award among the highlights.

RELATED MATERIAL:
Stars and Stripes' 1994 interview with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.

Training exercise in Japan, 1997

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Niigata Prefecture, Japan, November, 1997: Two Japanese Ground Self Defense Force soldiers man a 106mm jeep-mounted recoilless rifle during the Forest Light exercise at the Sekiyama Training Range. In the background is the Myoko amusement park. About 800 U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton, Calif., joined the Japanese troops for the exercise.

Balloon launch at Giebelstadt, Germany, 1956

Jim Black ©Stars and Stripes
Giebelstadt, Germany, January, 1956: A crewman from the Air Force's 1110th Air Support Group gets a boost as he folds the parachute for a hydrogen-filled weather balloon that's about to be launched. As part of a project dubbed Moby Dick, 32 of the 200-foot-high plastic balloons and their instrument packages were released from Giebelstadt toward a "cruising altitude" of 30,000 feet.

RELATED MATERIAL:
A 1956 Stars and Stripes story about the balloons at Giebelstadt.

Marines in the Saudi Arabian desert, 1990

Rob Jagodzinski ©Stars and Stripes
Saudi Arabia, October, 1990: A U.S. Marine takes a water break in the Saudi Arabian desert during the buildup that led to the 1991 Gulf War.

New Year's baby at Wiesbaden, 1951

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Wiesbaden, Germany, January, 1951: Deborah Bigby wasn't the first baby born on New Year's Day, 1951, to the U.S. military community in Germany — two others beat her to it — but she might have been the most photogenic. Here she "poses" with her mom, Louise; dad is T/Sgt. Sidney Bigby of the 1st Radio Relay Squadron at Wiesbaden Air Base. And Deborah wasn't the only "new arrival" in the room; it was also the first Stars and Stripes photo assignment for Red Grandy, who went on to provide the paper with some of its best shots for nearly 40 years.

 
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