Fireworks over Tokyo, 1996

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Tokyo, August, 1996: Fireworks explode behind the Tokyo Tower during the Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival. More than 180,000 spectators jammed the waterfront and rooftops to see 12,000-plus rounds of crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics light up the city's skyline.

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier at Cannes, 1958

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Cannes, France, May, 1958:  Among the celebrities on hand for the opening night of the 1958 Cannes Film Festival were Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco. It was at the festival three years earlier that the couple met; Grace Kelly was then one of the world's best-known actresses. They married in 1956, in what was called "the wedding of the century."

Composer Henry Mancini in Tokyo, 1975

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Tokyo, June, 1975: Composer Henry Mancini poses with some of his record albums at a press conference in Tokyo. Speaking about writing musical scores for motion pictures, Mancini said that even as a child he was "always enthralled with screen music and dramatic music in general ... I was amazed at the way the music went with the scenes and wondered how composers performed this magical feat." Mancini's best-known works include "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses," and the "Pink Panther" theme.

Stars and Stripes' 1975 story about Henry Mancini's Tokyo press conference.

Eagle Base checkpoint, 1997

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Eagle Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October, 1997: While one man goes through a security check at left, another local resident walks her cow up to the Eagle Base gate. Many people had to pass through the west gate to get to their homes.

Forward Air Controller at work over Vietnam, 1967

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South Vietnam, July, 1967: Although the U.S. Air Force used state-of-the-art fighter planes and bombers in its efforts against the Viet Cong, badly-needed information about the situation on the ground was often best provided by Forward Air Controllers in smaller aircraft like the Bird Dog seen here gaining altitude after a low-level flight over its sector.

Stars and Stripes' 1967 story about the Forward Air Controllers.

Brett Favre plays golf at Tama Hills, 1998

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Tama Hills, Japan, April, 1998: Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre autographs a cheesehead hat for a Packers fan at the Tama Hills golf course, near Tokyo, where Favre played a round during a promotional tour for the upcoming American Bowl game between his team and the Kansas City Chiefs.

A 1998 Stars and Stripes story about Brett Favre at Tama Hills.

Christmas in Vietnam, 1967

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Bu Dop, South Vietnam, December, 1967: Spec. 4 Ron Brault of Kansas City, Mo., eats dinner while sitting next to a Christmas tree sent to him by his parents.

Watching a Christmas classic in Bosnia, 1997

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Camp Demi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December, 1997: Spc. Rich Sutherland of E Troop, 2-2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, watches the classic Jimmy Stewart Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," inside the Morale, Welfare and Recreation building at Camp Demi. Meanwhile, in the next room, Staff Sgt. Zeola Bart-Addison, left, a chaplain assistant with the 7th Brigade, 108th Battalion, puts together Christmas goodie bags containing sweets, crackers, and small canned hams for soldiers spending the holidays far from home. Helping her is Melvin Spinner, an MWR specialist from the Pioneer Fitness Center in Hanau, Germany.

Christmas tree near the Berlin Wall, 1961

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Berlin, December, 1961: A few yards from the four-month-old Berlin Wall, with the Brandenburg Gate in the background, two workers prepare a Christmas tree for a lighting ceremony.

Bob Hope rehearses at Wiesbaden, 1948

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Wiesbaden, Germany, December, 1948: Bob Hope rehearses with his band before their Christmas Eve show at the Wiesbaden Opera House. Many of the jokes Hope told during the show referred to the ongoing Berlin Airlift, for which Wiesbaden was a key staging area.

A 1948 story about Bob Hope's Christmas tour stop in Wiesbaden.

Festive but vigilant holiday spirit at Yokosuka, 1996

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Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, December, 1996: Although holiday spirit prevails aboard the USS Independence, evil-doers should consider themselves warned: "Frosty" covers a Close-In Weapons System capable of knocking missiles and jets out of the sky with its 20mm Gatling-type cannon, while the wrapped gift at center conceals eight supersonic Sea Sparrow missiles, capable of destroying planes eight miles away.

Firefighter trains at Yokota's high-rise housing facility, 1975

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Yokota Air Base, Japan, January, 1975: A member of the 475th Civil Engineering Squadron's fire protection rescue team rappels down the side of a housing unit at Yokota Air Base. The team practiced procedures to be used in the event of a fire in the high-rise building about three times a month.

Rep. Inouye visits his ancestral hometown in Japan, 1960

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Yokoyama, Japan, October, 1960: Rep. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) admires a sword presented to him by residents of Yokoyama, Japan, during a 1960 visit to his ancestral home village. Inouye, a World War II hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton in 2000, was Hawaii's first congressman after the island territory became a state in 1959. He was elected to the Senate in 1962, and served until his death on December 17, 2012, at age 88.

Stars and Stripes' 1960 story about Rep. Inouye's visit to Yokoyama.

Santa arrives in Vietnam, 1968

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Nhon Cho, South Vietnam, December, 1968: Santa Claus encounters a group of happy kids after arriving — in an artistically-modified C7 Caribou cargo plane — on a mission to bring gifts to Detachment 35, B Company, 5th Special Forces Group. The Air Force's 483rd Tactical Aircraft Wing at Cam Ranh Bay decorated seven of the planes for use in Christmas visits to the troops in the field.

Read a 1968 Stars and Stripes story about Santa's visit to Nhon Cho.

Christmastime at Camp McGovern, 1998

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Camp McGovern, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December, 1998: A soldier walks past the Christmas tree at the entrance to Camp McGovern, near the war-torn city of Brcko.

Village protection effort in Vietnam, 1962

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South Vietnam, April, 1962: The nearly-completed watch tower from which settlers in a Vietnamese village 50 miles north of Saigon can protect themselves in the event of a Viet Cong attack is part of a defense project designed to switch the burden of protection from regular army forces.

Edward G. Robinson meets his match, 1961

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Tokyo, January, 1961: Movie tough guy Edward G. Robinson meets his match in Stars and Stripes entertainment columnist Al Ricketts. That Robinson would pose for the gag photo is indicative of the esteem in which Ricketts was held by leading members of the Hollywood community — despite his often-scathing reviews. A 1961 "Time" story (illustrated by this photo) suggested that Ricketts was to Stripes what Mickey Mantle was to the New York Yankees.

Young welcoming party for Ike in Taiwan, 1960

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Taipei, Taiwan, June, 1960: Five-year-olds Bunny Pang, left, and Cheng Wei Kong display flags and a welcome sign in front of the Golden Dragon wing of Taipei's Grand Hotel, President Eisenhower's temporary White House during his upcoming two-day visit to Taiwan.

Training near Mt. Fuji, 1998

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Camp Fuji, Japan, February, 1998: Mt. Fuji provides the majestic backdrop as Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon York of the Combat Engineers Company, Combat Assault Battalion, pauses after shooting his way to his objective at the Camp Fuji training range.

John Steinbeck in Vietnam, 1966

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An Khe, South Vietnam, December, 1966: Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, in Vietnam "to write my impressions of the war," talks to soldiers at An Khe. Steinbeck, who had a son serving in the Army at Pleiku at the time, told his small late-night audience that "all wars are hopeless, but all of the wars have been necessary and this one is also necessary."

Stars and Stripes' 1966 story about John Steinbeck in Vietnam.

Time to relax at Yokosuka, 1974

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Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, July, 1974: Seaman Bob Polo perches on the huge anchor of the USS Jason as he takes a smoke break after finishing his job of scraping away old paint.

Observation post in Bosnia, 1998

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Mahala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January, 1998: Pfc. Travis Harper of Fort Polk-based F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, looks out from Observation Post Sierra 10 and down the winding road that weaves through the Zone of Separation between the Serbian and Muslim-Croat sectors.

Parachutist lands during an exercise in Lebanon, 1958

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Lebanon, September, 1958: With his parachute closing in on him, Spec. 4 Joseph D. Langham of Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 187th Infantry, hits the ground during an exercise in Lebanon. Langham was one of about 14,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines sent into Lebanon starting in July as part of Operation Blue Bat, an effort to shore up the beleaguered government of President Camille Chamoun.

Former Army football star Pete Dawkins in Vietnam, 1966

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Quang Ngai, Vietnam, March, 1966: Army Capt. Pete Dawkins talks with his South Vietnamese counterpart during Operation Utah. Dawkins, a Heisman Trophy winner while playing football at West Point — and also a Rhodes Scholar — was serving as an advisor to the 1st Vietnamese Airborne Division. He would eventually retire as a brigadier general and go on to a successful career in the financial world.

A 1960 Stars and Stripes story about Pete Dawkins and other Rhodes Scholars.

Medal of Honor recipient John Finn, 2007

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Washington, D.C., March, 2007: A hero among heroes, John Finn, center, is applauded by fellow Medal of Honor recipients Roger Donlon, left, and Bernard Fisher as he's introduced by Gary Littrell at a gathering of over two dozen men who received the nation's highest military honor. On December 7, 1941, Navy Lieutenant Finn stood in an exposed area at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and fired his .50-caliber machine gun at strafing Japanese planes until he was ordered to leave his post and seek treatment for several wounds. Feisty John Finn died in May, 2010, at age 100; during the 2007 gathering, he had bemoaned the fact that he wasn't being allowed to ride any of the motorcycles he kept at his home in Hawaii.

The website of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Dave Brubeck at the piano in Munich, 1966

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Munich, November 1966: A technician gives the signal to begin the filming of jazz great Dave Brubeck at the piano playing "Three's a Crowd" for German television. In an interview during this stop in Munich on his way back from a jazz festival in Berlin, Brubeck recalled his days with the 3rd Army during World War II. "I was a rifleman in Metz when the Red Cross girls asked for a piano player," he said. "I volunteered — must have trampled three or four guys who got in the way." Dave Brubeck died December 5, 2012 in Norwalk, Conn., at age 91.

Stars and Stripes' 1966 interview with Dave Brubeck.

Walking through the ruins of Seoul, 1953

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Seoul, Korea, 1953: A mother and daughter walk through a bombed-out residential area in the center of Seoul, not long after the July, 1953 armistice that brought peace to the city following three years of devastating battles.

Cartoonist Bill Mauldin in Vietnam, 1965

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Saigon, South Vietnam, February, 1965: Bill Mauldin, who gained fame as a Stars and Stripes cartoonist during World War II, turns out copy while covering his third war. Mauldin's reporting efforts for the Chicago Sun-Times placed him in the middle of a Viet Cong attack on the base at Pleiku, where he had also been visiting his son, Warrant Officer Bruce Mauldin.

Stars and Stripes' 1965 story about Bill Mauldin in Vietnam.

Family gets 5,000,000th CARE package sent to Germany, 1949

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Frankfurt, Germany, October, 1949: William A. Stephens, chief of the CARE mission, presents the 5,000,000th CARE package delivered in Germany to the Kurt Engler family of Frankfurt. This parcel was a gift from Betty Wright Basche of Minneapolis.

Promotional event for 'King Kong Lives,' 1986

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Yokohama, Japan, November, 1986: Models pose in front of a 50-foot King Kong during a promotional event at the Shochiku-Fuji Film Studios. The $700,000, 50-foot monster — built from wood, metal, spandex, fiberglass and synthetic hair — was imported by the studio to hype the upcoming Japanese release of the Dino De Laurentiis movie, "King Kong Lives." Amid negative reviews that swarmed around the film like so many biplanes around a giant ape, the ill-fated remake reportedly brought in less than half of its estimated $10 million production cost at the box office.

Stars and Stripes' 1986 story about King Kong's unveiling in Yokohama.

Actress Dorothy Lamour in Frankfurt, 1950

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Frankfurt, Germany, June, 1950: Dorothy Lamour is escorted out of the Frankfurt train station after arriving to begin a series of shows on U.S. bases in Germany. The actress assured her fans that she would, indeed, be wearing a sarong — her trademark since the 1936 movie that made her famous, "The Jungle Princess" — during her appearances. "Everybody says that's what they want to see me in and I want to make our troops happy," said Lamour, who co-starred in a series of "Road" movies with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the 1940s and '50s.

Stars and Stripes' 1950 story about Dorothy Lamour's arrival.