Actress Pier Angeli, 1952

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Germany, February, 1952: Nineteen-year-old Pier Angeli poses for a photo during the filming of "The Devil Makes Three" in the mountains of southern Germany. In the film, Gene Kelly plays an Air Force pilot returning to Germany after World War II to visit a family that aided in his escape from a POW camp; Angeli plays the family's only survivor. The Italian actress, born Anna Maria Pierangeli, had won a Golden Globe award for her performance in "Teresa" the year before.

Read a story about the filming of The Devil Makes Three here.

President Eisenhower at the Geneva summit, 1955

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Geneva, Switzerland, July, 1955: President Dwight D. Eisenhower heads for his flag-draped car after serving as presiding officer at preliminary discussions for the Big Four summit meeting that also featured the leaders of Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union. Smiling in the background, behind the presidential flag, is Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

Scary snow sculpture at Sapporo, 1968

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Sapporo, Japan, February, 1968: Visitors to the Makomanai Japan Defense Force base find themselves locked in the tender embrace of a snow monster that reflects the movie-creature theme of the year at the nearby Sapporo Snow Festival.

Staying cool during a medical exam, 1968

Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, November, 1968: An elderly Vietnamese man shields himself from the hot sun as he's examined by Staff Sgt. Kenneth E. Douglas at a 9th Infantry Division Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) clinic 20 miles south of Saigon.

Elementary school in England, 1959

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Eastcote, Middlesex, England, September, 1959: Librarian Betty Russell shares her love of books with pupils at the American dependents' elementary school at Eastcote, on the outskirts of London.

South Koreans mourn Gen. MacArthur, 1964

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Seoul, South Korea, April 11, 1964: Two South Korean soldiers stand guard at a memorial to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who died April 5 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Among the attendees at a memorial service in Seoul's Capitol plaza were South Korean President and Mrs. Chung Hee Park and Gen. Hamilton Howze, commander of U.N. forces on the Korean peninsula.

Waiting for Santa, 1967

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, December, 1967: Pfc. Orville Painter, 22, of Modesto, Calif., leans out of his bunker at Ka Tum, 50 miles northwest of Saigon, to hang his Christmas stocking. He jokingly pointed to the sky and said, "Santa Claus will assault from there." Painter is with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.

Holiday haggling in Saigon, 1967

John Olson ©Stars and Stripes
Saigon, South Vietnam, December, 1967: An American soldier engages in some friendly haggling with a Saigon street merchant over a Santa Claus figurine.

Missile crew in South Vietnam, 1968

Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
Nha Trang, South Vietnam, June, 1968: A missile crewman from 6th Battalion, 71st Artillery, 97th Artillery Group (Air Defense) is one premature launch command away from a wild, dangerous ride as he checks out a Firebee drone that will haul a target for a Hawk surface-to-air missile test on nearby Hon Tre island.

Village chief in the mountains of the Philippines, 1967

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The Philippines, November, 1967: Chief Lac-Ayen poses for a photo in his village of Maligcong, nestled amid the rice terraces of the Cordillera Mountains. The chief was said to offer "unstinting hospitality ... provided you brought enough gin, cigarettes and gum for the children."

Actor James Garner in Vietnam, 1967

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South Vietnam, April, 1967: Actor James Garner, star of the "Maverick" TV series, is interviewed during the final day of his visit to U.S. bases in Vietnam. Garner, who received a Purple Heart while serving in the infantry in the Korean War, talked about the skepticism he occasionally encountered while talking with the troops. "They might ask if I was over here on some tax writeoff, or how much I get paid<' he said. "When I explain that I'm an ex-rifleman private with the 24th Inf. Div.'s 5th Regimental Combat: Team, and came over for nothing, everything is OK."

Read the interview with James Garner here.

World War II veterans return to Omaha Beach, 1964

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Normandy, France, May, 1964: Two veterans of the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach stand at the base of the 22-foot bronze sculpture, "Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves," at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery is the resting place of 9,387 American military personnel.

President Nixon and Henry Kissinger, 1972

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Salzburg, Austria, May, 1972: President Richard Nixon talks with his national security adviser, Dr. Henry Kissinger, as they walk across the grounds of Klessheim Palace. Nixon and Kissinger met with Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky during a 1½-day stopover on their way to Moscow.

Read a story about Nixon's visit to Austria here.

Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler in Japan, 1967

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Tokyo, September 22, 1967: Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler talks with Takeshi Kobayashi, concert master of the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, at a rehearsal. Fiedler, 73, was training the orchestra "to play his kind of music" before taking it on an eight-week, 48-town concert tour of the U.S. and Canada, according to a Stars and Stripes story.

Read the story about Arthur Fiedler's Tokyo visit here.

Congressman Gerald Ford arrives in Germany, 1955

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 Heidelberg, Germany, August 10, 1955: Although only one of the three men walking together on the tarmac at the U.S. Army Europe headquarters airfield was well-known to most Americans at the time, the other two would command their share of headlines in later years. USAREUR Commander-in-Chief Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, center, led the welcoming committee for Congressman Gerald R. Ford (R-Mich.); at right is Brig. Gen. William C. Westmoreland. During the World War II Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe — commander of the besieged 101st Airborne Division — secured his place in American military history by responding to the Germans' surrender demands with a one-word reply: "Nuts." Westmoreland served as commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968, and later became Army chief of staff. Ford succeeded Richard Nixon as President of the United States in August, 1974.

Leisure time on the USS Nimitz, 1976

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Mediterranean Sea, 1976: At the end of flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, it was "condition sunshine" — a time for servicemembers to shed their shirts and maybe enjoy a little music. The Nimitz was in the Mediterranean as part of Task Force 60, the Attack Carrier Striking Force of the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

Tetrapods on the beach at Rota, 1957

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Rota, Spain, September 9, 1957: Huge concrete tetrapods are lined up on the beach at Rota, site of a new U.S.-Spanish naval base. The French-designed structures, weighing between eight and 25 tons each, were used to break up wave action and absorb the ocean's eroding energy.

Read a 1957 story about the new base at Rota here.

Limbo time at a Garmisch discotheque, 1965

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Garmisch, Germany, December 6, 1965: At the Garmisch Recreation Area's International Grill and Discotheque, Nancy Wallace — attired in a fashion that easily locates the scene in the mid-1960s — eases her way under the limbo bar, half of which is being held by Christine Jarvis. In addition to the limbo, dances that could be seen at the club included the frug, the swim, the monkey and the bunny hop. According to a story about the facility, "The action swirls around a semi-circular, 60-seat bar with a raised bandstand in the center. When the band is away, the spotlight centers on the opposite end of the room where a disc jockey — usually a she — keeps them spinning into the wee hours."

Bob Hope and Raquel Welch in Vietnam, 1967

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Bear Cat Base Camp, South Vietnam, December, 1967: Actress Raquel Welch comments while Bob Hope dances during Hope's Christmas show at the 9th Infantry Division's base camp. One might guess that the audience hoped an onstage reversal of roles was imminent. Other stars on the 1967 tour included singer Barbara McNair, singer-dancer Elaine Dunn and Miss World, Madeline Hartog Bel of Peru.

Muhammad Ali in training, 1972

Hideyuki Mihashi ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, March 28, 1972: Muhammad Ali attacks a punching bag at Tanabe Gym in preparation for his upcoming fight with Mac Foster. Ali was aiming toward a rematch with reigning heavyweight champion and archrival Joe Frazier, who had handed him his first professional loss the previous year. He beat Foster in 15 rounds at Tokyo, but Frazier lost to George Foreman before the rematch. It wasn't until the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975 that Ali took the title away from Frazier in what might have been the best fight of all time.

Night scene at the World's Fair, 1964

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New York, June, 1964: Visitors to the New York World's Fair pause in front of illuminated fountains and the exhibition's centerpiece, the 140-foot-high, stainless steel Unisphere. Nearly a half-century later the Unisphere is still there, towering above Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Tanks roll through a small town, 1961

Gene Bane ©Stars and Stripes
Burglengenfeld, Germany, February, 1961: For these participants in the Winter Shield II exercise in a small town near Regensburg, the word of the traffic cop was final, no matter how thick the armor on your vehicle happened to be. The visitors were from the German Army's 123rd Tank Battalion, and they were part of the "Aggressor" force (versus the "NATO" force) taking part in the six-day exercise, which involved more than 60,000 American, German and French troops.

Read three stories about Winter Shield II:
     "NATO" stalls attack by "Aggressors"
     Engineers battle river, weather to open games
     "NATO" units set to attack

Kuwaitis welcome American visitors, 1991

Wayne J. Begasse ©Stars and Stripes
Kuwait, 1991: A Kuwaiti woman waves her country's flag as dozens of Americans arrive in Kuwait City after the liberation of the country from Iraqi forces during the Gulf War. Told that the visitors were not soldiers but reporters, one woman replied, "It doesn't matter, you're American. That is enough. Americans freed our country from the arms of that madman [Saddam Hussein]."

Read a story about the reporters' arrival in Kuwait here.

Operation Kinderlift, 1956

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Germany, July, 1956: Brigitte Kellner "helps" flight engineer Airman 1st Class John Lauretta with the communications during an Operation Kinderlift flight from Berlin to Frankfurt. Brigitte was one of 25 happy youngsters aboard the C47 as the program to give 2,848 city kids a summer vacation in the countryside began its fourth year.

Swift boat operation in the Mekong Delta, 1969

Jim Falk ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, November, 1969: A sailor on a Swift boat mans twin .50-caliber machine guns during Operation Sea Lords on the Cua Lon River in the Mekong Delta.

Read a 1969 story about the Swift boats here.

Spy Clyde Lee Conrad in court, 1990

Ken George ©Stars and Stripes
Koblenz, West Germany, June 6, 1990: Retired U.S. Army sergeant Clyde Lee Conrad, accused of selling NATO defense secrets to the Eastern bloc for several years, surveys the scene in the courtroom as he awaits the verdict in his trial. Conrad was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison; Judge Ferdinand Schuth said "Conrad's high treason could have prompted a war" and called him the worst traitor since the end of World War II. Conrad died in prison in 1999.

Read the story about the verdict here.
Read an analysis of the case, from the previous day's Stars and Stripes, here

Aviation pioneer Jacqueline Cochran, 1958

Merle Hunter ©Stars and Stripes
Liege, Belgium, June 28, 1958: Aviation pioneer Jacqueline Cochran, president of the worldwide air organization Federation Aeronautique Internationale, talks with Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, right, after their arrival at Bierset Air Base. On May 18, 1953, at the controls of an F-86 Sabrejet, Cochran became the first female pilot to break the sound barrier; she continued to set speed records into the 1960s. The flight to Liege was another milestone in her career, as she and Mrs Helen LeMay (in the background at left) became the first women to cross the Atlantic in a KC-135 tanker, which LeMay piloted for 4½ hours of the six hour, 44-minute trip from Andrews Air Force Base for a NATO air show at Liege.

Actor Steven Seagal in Tokyo, 1994

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Tokyo, May, 1994: Actor Steven Seagal meets the press in Tokyo during a promotional tour for his latest martial arts film, "On Deadly Ground." The environmentally-themed treatment of the oil industry in Alaska got many negative reviews, but has since become a cult classic — and, unfortunately, a footnote to the June, 2010, killings of 12 people by troubled British taxi driver Derrick Bird, who had watched the movie a few hours before his rampage. The tragedy rekindled the debate about the connection betwen violent entertainment and real-life violence, but Bird may have been planning the murders for weeks.

Sean Connery goes for a swim, 1966

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Akime, Japan, July, 1966: Actor Sean Connery swims out to a speedboat anchored in the sea off the tiny fishing village of Akime, on the southernmost tip of Japan. Connery was taking a break in the filming of his latest James Bond movie, "You Only Live Twice."

Astronaut Neil Armstrong in Korea, 1971

Chung Tae Won ©Stars and Stripes
South Korea, August, 1971: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk of the surface of the moon, waves as he leaves Kimpo International Airport after his arrival for a three-day visit to South Korea. Armstrong, accompanied by his son, Eric, was to observe activities of U.S. Peace Corps workers in the country; he was also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil.

Baby gorilla at the Frankfurt Zoo, 1953

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Frankfurt, Germany, August 19, 1953: Bernhard Grzimek, director of the Frankfurt Zoo, holds one of three newly-arrived baby gorillas in front of a life-size mask of an adult ape. The three newcomers — Carlos, Thomas and Gandhi — were the first baby gorillas acquired by the zoo since World War II.