Secretary of State George C. Marshall, 1948

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Paris, September, 1948: Secretary of State George C. Marshall heads the U.S. delegation to a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot. In his opening speech, he noted that three years after the U.N. was founded with a goal of protecting future generations from the scourge of war, "we are confronted with the need to save not only succeeding generations, but our own." Marshall, the nation's first five-star general, was Army Chief of Staff during World War II, and also served as secretary of defense during the Korean War. But it is for the Marshall Plan, the $13-billion postwar European reconstruction program, that he is probably best known today. He was awarded the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize for his part in the effort that many believe prevented mass starvation on the continent.

A story about George Marshall's September, 1948 opening speech to the U.N.

Patrol in South Vietnam, 1964

Mike Mealey ©Stars and Stripes
Binh Chau, Vietnam, August, 1964: Under the watchful eye of local children, U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt. Joe E. Jasper visits a Vietnamese village while serving as an adviser to a Vietnamese Strike Force on a five-day patrol in search of the Viet Cong. "You travel as light as you can," Jasper said of the long patrol. "After a while, a book of matches feels like a pound."

Stars and Stripes' 1964 story about the patrol.

Figure skater Dick Button at St. Moritz, 1948

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St. Moritz, Switzerland, January, 1948: Figure skater Dick Button practices for the first postwar Winter Olympics, set to begin a week later. Button became the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, along the way completing the first double axel in Olympic competition

69th Signal Battalion troops man the switchboards in Saigon, 1968

Bruce McIlhaney ©Stars and Stripes
Saigon, March, 1968: Soldiers from the 69th Signal Battalion man the switchboards that link Saigon's main headquarters with the rest of South Vietnam.

Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about the 69th Signal Battalion in Vietnam.

U.S. troops welcomed by West Berliners, 1961

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Berlin, Germany, August, 1961: West Berliners cheer as a 1,500-man U.S. Army convoy from the 1st Battle Group rolls past the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Church. The troops were sent by President John F. Kennedy to join the 11,000-man garrison already in the beleaguered city in a show of solidarity; they were greeted near the newly-constructed Berlin Wall by Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

Actor Larry Hagman stops in Frankfurt, 1983

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Frankfurt, Germany, April, 1983: On his way to Munich to receive the golden "Bambi" award as the most popular TV personality in Germany, Larry Hagman — also known as the villainous J.R. in "Dallas" — checks out what's been written about him in a German magazine during a stopover at the Frankfurt airport. Hagman, an Air Force veteran who was stationed in England in the 1950s, died November 23, 2012, at age 81.

Stars and Stripes' 1983 story about Larry Hagman.

Leonard Bernstein conducts in Germany, 1976

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, June, 1976: Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic during the orchestra's Bicentennial European tour. The concert at the Jahrhunderthalle, which was taped for German television, marked the halfway point in the tour.

Stars and Stripes' story about Leonard Bernstein in Germany.

Gen. Colin Powell arrives in Japan, 1991

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Yokota Air Base, Japan, November, 1991: Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives in Japan to begin a tour of the Far East. At right is his wife, Alma. Powell was scheduled to spend two days conferring with Japanese officials before moving on to Okinawa and South Korea. How to deal with North Korea's suspected development of nuclear weapons was expected to be a main topic during the talks.

A story about Gen. Powell's trip to the Far East.

Paying tribute to President John F. Kennedy, 1963

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Darmstadt, Germany, November 25, 1963: Two Germans stand at a memorial to President John F. Kennedy in front of the Amerika Haus in Darmstadt, three days after Kennedy's assassination. The large wreath in the foreground was placed by the city, whose council also changed the name of the local cultural center to John F. Kennedy Haus.

Stars and Stripes' 1963 story about USAREUR's tributes to President Kennedy.

Flying a kite at Utah Beach, 1994

Ken George ©Stars and Stripes
Normandy, France, June, 1994: Fifty years after allied troops landed on Utah Beach to begin the push toward Berlin that ended World War II in Europe, a boy engages in the kind of struggle beaches are more suited for — attempting to control a kite against the winds of a gathering storm.

Cleaning a truck on the way home from Bosnia, 1996

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Taszar, Hungary, November 1996: Pfc. Gabriel Medina uses water from a high-pressure hose to clean a five-ton truck before returning to Fort Campbell, Ky. The IFOR sign on the vehicle indicates that it was used by the Implementation Force assigned to the Operation Joint Endeavor peacekeeping effort in Bosnia and Herzegovina between December, 1995 and December, 1996.

Wash day in South Korea, 1961

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South Korea, June, 1961: Soldiers from 3rd Medium Tank Battalion, 40th Armor, 1st Cavalry Div. clean their tanks, jeeps and armored vehicles at a mountain stream near their headquarters as a Korean child busily washes clothes nearby.

Flooding in the Netherlands, 1953

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The Netherlands, February, 1953: A traffic sign is all that's visible on a street inundated by flood waters on Schouen Island. Tidal seas, whipped by gale-force winds, had already claimed over 1,000 lives in the Netherlands, southeastern Britain and Belgium; it was said to be the worst flooding in the region since the Middle Ages.

A look at the same scene a year later.

Actor Jimmy Stewart in Frankfurt, 1959

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Frankfurt, Germany, February, 1959: Actor Jimmy Stewart and his wife, Gloria, stop at the Rhein-Main airport on their way back from a vacation in India. They were bound for Berlin, which Jimmy Stewart was visiting for the first time after flying bombing missions over the city during World War II. As they were vacationing, President Eisenhower recommended that Stewart, a reserve colonel in the Air Force, be elevated to the rank of brigadier general.

President and Mrs. Reagan with Aviano students, 1987

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Italy, June, 1987: President and Mrs. Reagan are greeted by American children from the Aviano Middle School as they arrive at a villa near Venice. The Reagans, who were in Italy for an economic summit meeting, arrived at the villa by helicopter after a visit with Pope John Paul II.

Stars and Stripes' 1987 story about the Aviano kids' meeting with President and Mrs. Reagan.

Aerial view of the USS Forrestal, 1970

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Mediterranean Sea, April, 1970: A wide-angle lens provides a panoramic view of the USS Forrestal, its escorts and the Mediterranean below them in a photo shot from a helicopter.

Air show spectators in the Philippines, 1963

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Nichols Air Base, Philippines, May, 1963: Spectators scan the skies during an air show held in conjunction with the 10-nation "Flying Brothers" fighter weapons conference. Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal was among the dignitaries on hand for the event, which also celebrated the 28th anniversary of the nation's air force.

Plowing the fields in Morocco, 1962

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Morocco, December, 1962: Moroccan farmers use the local beasts of burdens to plow their fields.

D-Day reminder in Normandy, 1994

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Arromanches-les-Bains, France, May, 1994: Fifty years after the allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, a visitor looks up at the remnants of one of the "Phoenix" concrete caissons used in the construction of an artificial harbor that allowed supplies to flow to the troops as they moved inland.

Message to Gulf War pilots, 1991

Ken Clauson ©Stars and Stripes
Central Saudi Arabia, January 18, 1991: Weapons specialists from the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) show their support for pilots taking off on missions against Iraqi forces on the second day of the Gulf War's air campaign.

Building a fake Brandenburg Gate, 1961

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Munich, Germany, July 14, 1961: When famed director Billy Wilder was filming "One, Two, Three," with James Cagney starring as a Coca-Cola executive in Berlin, the communist authorities in East Berlin were unlikely to allow a chase scene (making fun of Communists) to be shot at the Brandenburg Gate. So, a replica gate — seen here under construction at the Bavarian Film Studios — took the place of the real east-west border point in the Cold War comedy.

War-scarred convent and school in Vietnam, 1968

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Vinh Long, South Vietnam, April, 1968: Sister Mary stands in front of the bullet-riddled entrance to the convent and school she oversees near the U.S. air base at Vinh Long. The nuns and students were rescued from Viet Cong attackers by American troops during the Tet offensive, but Sister Mary said of the Communists, "They'll be back ... I know it and my girls know it. And we don't know what to do about it."

Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about the Vinh Long convent.

Patrol Base Diamond II in Vietnam, 1969

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Patrol Base Diamond II, South Vietnam, April, 1969: Two soldiers at Patrol Base Diamond II, near the Cambodian border about 35 miles from Saigon, check out some slides. The base, manned by the 25th Infantry Division, withstood several Communist attacks in the early part of April, 1969.

Lassie meets the press in Tokyo, 1979

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Tokyo, June, 1979: Lassie gets the star treatment from the Japanese media during a press event at the Imperial Hotel. The star of movies and a TV series (actually the sixth in a long line of performing Lassies, all of them male, going back to 1943) was accompanied by trainer Rudd Weatherwax.

Stars and Stripes' 1979 story about Lassie and Rudd Weatherwax in Tokyo.

Budding basketball star takes a shot, 1996

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Baumholder, Germany, October, 1996: Four-year-old C.J. Abraham uses a chair to overcome a height disadvantage as he tries out a basketball game at Baumholder's base bowling alley. With him is his brother Jeremy, 5.

Flares over Hill 50 in Vietnam, 1968

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South Vietnam, January, 1968: Flares fall over Hill 50, west of Landing Zone Ross, silhouetting troops from 2/12, 1st Cavalry who are taking part in a three-day operation in the Que Son Valley.

Filming a World War II movie in Berlin, 1978

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Berlin, August, 1978: U.S. Air Force Capt. Frank Sopato, an extra in the filming of "Breakthrough," gets dirt smeared on his World War II German uniform prior to a tunnel scene at Berlin's Spandau Citadel. Sopato regularly took leave from his official duties as a a communications officer to appear in films produced in the city. On "Breakthrough," he was also the coordinator of the approximately 200 American servicemembers and high school students hired as extras for the movie, which starred Richard Burton and Rod Steiger.

Stars and Stripes' 1978 story about the American extras on "Breakthrough."

Rainy day in Paris, 1955

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Paris, July, 1955: A lone visitor to the terrace of the Palais de Chaillot looks across the Seine to the portion of the Eiffel Tower that hasn't vanished into the low overcast.

President Nixon and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, 1969

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Manila, Philippines, July, 1969: President Richard Nixon and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos wave to the crowd from atop the hood of their car.

A 1969 story about President Nixon's visit to Manila.

Muhammad Ali and his mom arrive in Germany, 1966

Bob Milnes ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, August, 1966: Mrs. Odessa Lee Grady Clay proudly watches as her son, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, makes his way through a crowd of admirers at the Frankfurt airport. Mother and son were arriving in Germany for Ali's upcoming fight with European champion Karl Mildenberger (which Ali won by a TKO in the 12th round).