Shepherd in Bosnia, 1998

Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Dubrave, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October, 1998: Protection from the rain takes the form of either a thick coat of wool or a colorful umbrella as Zvornik resident Adem Redzic walks his sheep to a nearby pasture.

The Eisenhowers in Bonn, 1962

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Bonn, West Germany, August, 1962: Former President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower walk through the Bonn train station after their arrival from Sweden. The vacationing Eisenhowers were on their way to the home of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and would also meet with President Heinrich Luebke before continuing on to France, England and Ireland.

A 1962 Stars and Stripes interview with Ike.

Gen. Lemnitzer and Emperor Selassie, 1956

I.G. Edmonds ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, November, 1956: Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, commander of U.S. and United Nations forces in Japan and Korea, accepts a plaque from Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in appreciation for the assistance given to the Ethiopian Expeditionary Force in Korea by the U.N. Command The presentation was made during a reception given by Selassie at Tokyo Kaikan before his return to Ethiopia.

Operation Attleboro in Vietnam, 1966

Kim Ki Sam ©Stars and Stripes
Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam, November, 1966: A flare and a groundman guide a helicopter in for a landing in a clearing to evacuate wounded 27th Infantry troops during Operation Attleboro.

Soviet pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair, 1958

Ernie Weatherall ©Stars and Stripes
Brussels, Belgium, June, 1958: With a large painting of Lenin addressing a crowd looming in the background, two American servicemembers survey the exhibition floor from a balcony at the Brussels World's Fair's Soviet pavilion.

Parrot mascot in Vietnam, 1966

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An Khe, South Vietnam, December, 1966: First Sgt. Robert Cooley coos to Charlie, the parrot mascot of C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Artillery, stationed at An Khe. "When I first got him I couldn't do a thing with him," Cooley said of the ornery bird, "and now look. I can almost pick him up. That's progress."

A 1966 story about Charlie the parrot.

Christmas scene in Garmisch, 1963

Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Garmisch, West Germany, December, 1963: White Christmas lights decorate an evergreen tree in snow-covered Garmisch, in the Bavarian Alps.

Santa is denied at customs in Vietnam, 1970

John Durham ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, December, 1970: Santa Claus gets the once-over from the locals as he waits for permission to enter South Vietnam after arriving at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. His visit proved to be a short one, though, as he was denied entry because he didn't have a visa. Santa, also known as Pan American World Airways mechanic Jim Straughan of Miami, Fla., had come to Vietnam to pass out Christmas goodies to patients in U.S. field hospitals and Vietnamese orphanages. He and two other Pan Am employees left for Manila after an hour of wrangling with the bureaucracy, hoping to get the necessary visas there.

A story about Santa's customs woes.

Christmas in Korea, 1967

Wilson Burge ©Stars and Stripes
At the Korean Demilitarized Zone, December, 1967: Amid bitterly cold weather and the tension that comes with being stationed at a notorious global trouble spot, three soldiers from A Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division decorate a small Christmas tree outside their bunker overlooking the DMZ. They are, left to right, Pvt. George Williams, Pvt. Ben Y. Dixon and Pfc. Lawrence Winfield.

Transporting the tree in Saigon, 1970

Andrew Headland Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Saigon, December, 1970: With sleighs hard to find in South Vietnam's tropical climate, Spec. 4 John Foster finds a cyclo to be a handy alternative for transporting a newly-purchased Christmas tree back to the Army Headquarters Area Command in Saigon, where it will adorn the office over the holidays.

Errol Flynn gets a kiss, 1954

Samuel Vestal ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, West Germany, February, 1954: Errol Flynn discovers that the lucky audience member who got a chance to kiss the movie star intends to get her money's worth. Flynn was serving as the master of ceremonies at a EUCOM-sponsored March of Dimes charity event.

A story and photo gallery from Flynn's 1954 visit to Frankfurt.

President Kennedy in West Germany, 1963

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Cologne, West Germany. June, 1963: President John F. Kennedy waves to the cheering crowd as he rides through Cologne with West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Kennedy was starting a 10-day European tour that would also take him to Ireland, Great Britain and Italy.

Da Nang hospital, 1968

Andrew Headland Jr. ©Stars and Stripes
Da Nang, South Vietnam, June, 1968: Wounded servicemembers are treated in the receiving ward before being taken inside the Naval Support Activity Hospital, Da Nang, for further examination. The largest casualty receiving hospital in South Vietnam had a staff of more than 800 officers and enlisted personnel. During a 10-month period ending in May, 1968, 17,000 patients were admitted; of those, 6,000 were battle casualties who received a total of more than 18,000 operations.

Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about the Da Nang hospital.

Bob Hope's Christmas show on the USS Ticonderoga, 1965

Gary Cooper ©Stars and Stripes
Of the coast of Vietnam, December, 1965: Singer-actress Joey Heatherton dances with sailors on the deck of the USS Ticonderoga during the annual Bob Hope Christmas tour of the Far East.

Stars and Stripes' 1965 story about the show.

Peter O'Toole on location in Paris, 1964

Ted Rohde ©Stars and Stripes
Paris, October, 1964: Peter O'Toole and French actress Capucine prepare for the next scene during the filming of "What's New, Pussycat?" at the Closerie de Lilas café on Paris' Boulevard Montparnasse. The script, written by Woody Allen (who also acted in the film), calls for Capucine to blow the whistle she's holding, setting off a chase scene in which O'Toole flees Ernest Hemingway's old haunt with the gendarmes in pursuit. O'Toole, probably best known for playing the title role in "Lawrence of Arabia," died December 14 at age 81.

Stars and Stripes' 1964 story about the filming of "What's New, Pussycat?"

Watching the weapons in Bosnia, 1998

Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Bosnia and Herzegovina, May, 1998: Builder Constructionman Christopher Porsche of Gulfport, Miss.-based Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 takes his turn watching the weapons while his co-workers build SEA (Southeast Asia) huts to replace tents at Camp McGovern. The troops were required to have their weapons close at hand while they worked.

A 1998 Stars and Stripes story about the Camp McGovern improvements.

Pat Boone in Japan, 1964

Hideyuki Mihashi ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, March, 1964: Singer Pat Boone displays a floral arrangement presented to him by fans during a press conference at the Okura Hotel. Boone — whose hits include "April Love" and "Love Letters in the Sand" — was to give 13 concerts in four cities on his first tour of Japan. "I'm sorry now that I didn't learn to speak more Japanese," he said in an interview after his arrival. "But I'm still going to try to sing a few of my numbers in my broken Japanese."

Liberation anniversary at Nancy, France, 1954

Maria Kiehl ©Stars and Stripes
Nancy, France, September, 1954: Seven-year-old Jacques Loisy presents a bouquet to Sgt. Kenneth Gammons during ceremonies commemorating the tenth anniversary of the liberation of the city by Allied troops during World War II. Looking on are, left to right, Sgt. Samuel Henricks, Pvt. Joseph Hafele and Pfc. Alfred Allen.

Guitar innovator Les Paul, 1963

Gus Schuettler ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, West Germany, January, 1963: Electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, right, clowns for the camera on the tarmac at Rhein-Main Airport as his wife, singer Mary Ford, and son Gene watch. In the background is technician Earl Davis. Paul, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar that set the stage for rock 'n' roll music, was also one of the great guitarists of the 20th century. He was in Europe for a 10-day tour of USAREUR and USAFE clubs.

Holiday gloating in East Berlin, 1960

Gene Bane ©Stars and Stripes
East Berlin, December, 1960: A billboard towering above a Christmas carnival in Berlin's eastern sector reminds visitors that the Soviet Union's success in launching a smiling rocket in the general direction of an equally-happy moon proves that Der Sozialismus Siegt — "Socialism Wins." Although the Communist government took great pains to avoid endorsing the holiday celebration, a Stars and Stripes story noted that "the Christmas spirit even seemed to have prevailed over politics for the moment." Sort of.

A 1960 Stars and Stripes story about Christmastime in East Berlin.

Christmas spirit in Vietnam, 1969

Tom Benic ©Stars and Stripes
South Vietnam, December, 1969: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry gather around their Christmas tree at Patrol Base Kotrc, near the Cambodian border. The tree was a gift from a women's organization in Seattle.

USS Saratoga flight deck, 1990

Rob Jagodzinski ©Stars and Stripes
Red Sea, November, 1990: An E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft is towed along the flight deck of the USS Saratoga during Operation Desert Shield, the prelude to the Gulf War. The Hawkeye, with its large radar dome, was said to be capable of monitoring any flight activity within 500 miles of the carrier.

'Inn' at Tay Ninh, 1968

J. Tom Graham ©Stars and Stripes
Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, October, 1968: Col. Robert L. Fair, left, commander of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and Pfc. Frank DeAngelis, 588th Engineer Battalion, put the finishing touches on a "Holiday Inn" sign at the entrance to the 1st Brigade's new rest facility, where troops returning from the field were to be treated to such long-awaited amenities as a swimming pool, ceiling fans and a steak barbecue.

Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about the Tay Ninh rest center.

VIP photo op in Bosnia, 1998

Ron Alvey ©Stars and Stripes
Bosnia and Herzegovina, May, 1998: Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) poses for pictures with soldiers at Camp McGovern. During his visit Gingrich ate lunch with the soldiers at the camp; he also toured the city of Brcko.

USS Arizona memorial, 1991

Lem Robson ©Stars and Stripes
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, November, 1991: Flowers placed near the barbette of gun turret number three on the sunken USS Arizona honor the memory of 1,177 crew members whose lives were lost as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 50 years earlier, on December 7, 1941.

A 1991 story about Pearl Harbor, with a link to a Stars and Stripes special section.

American advisers rescue Vietnamese villagers, 1963

Steve Stibbens ©Stars and Stripes
Vinh Long, Vietnam, September, 1963: Villagers from Ba Dong, a tiny coastal hamlet about 75 miles from Saigon, disembark from a UH-18 helicopter at Vinh Long after being rescued from fighting that resulted in the death of one civil guard and the wounding of 14 others. The rescuers were American advisers from the 114th Air Mobile Co., who managed to squeeze 102 villagers into five Hueys (designed to carry 10 people each) and escape Ba Dong, with the Vietnamese Air Force providing support.

A 1963 Stars and Stripes story about the rescue mission.

Bill Mauldin and Andy Rooney, 1992

Jim Derheim ©Stars and Stripes
Griesheim, Germany, April, 1992: Two well-known men who worked for Stars and Stripes during World War II listen to a speech at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the newspaper's European edition. Bill Mauldin, left, captured the essence of the troops' daily life in the European mud in his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Willie and Joe" cartoons, while future "60 Minutes" correspondent Andy Rooney was one of the first journalists to accompany the 8th Air Force on a bombing raid over Germany.  

A 1992 interview with Bill Mauldin, and some of his cartoons.

Hungarian refugees in Germany, 1956

Merle Hunter ©Stars and Stripes
Darmstadt, West Germany, November, 1956: Americans and Germans pass out food, clothing and gifts to Hungarian refugees whose train paused at a Darmstadt railway station as it brought them to new homes in the West. Tens of thousands of Hungarians fled their country in the wake of the brutal Soviet response to an uprising that began October 23.

Read two 1956 stories about the refugees.

Penguin encounter at the commissary, 1997

Michael Abrams ©Stars and Stripes
Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March, 1997: A giant penguin (played by 12-year-old Adam Uddin) gets the cold shoulder from four-year-old Robert Horsley at the Ramstein commissary. Even Robert's mom, Shandra, was unable to convince him to get into the spirit of National Frozen Foods Month, which the commissary kicked off with a cake-cutting and performances by the Ramstein school choir and the JROTC Training Corps' honor guard and drill team.

European service baseball MVPs at the World Series, 1955

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New York, September, 1955: USAREUR baseball most valuable player Ray Rosenbaum, right, and his USAFE counterpart, George Morgan, meet New York Yankees second baseman Billy Martin before a World Series game at Yankee Stadium. Rosenbaum, of the 39th Regiment Falcons, and Morgan, of the Bitburg Barons, were selected through an MVP poll conducted by Stars and Stripes, Pan Am Airlines and Spalding Sporting Goods. In addition to Series tickets, their reward also included lodging at the Waldorf-Astoria, tickets to Broadway shows, and media appearances with the likes of TV pioneer Dave Garroway.

Stars and Stripes' story about the two MVPs at the 1955 Series opener.

U.S. figure skating team, 1964

Bob Milnes ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, January, 1964: Six members of the U.S. figure skating team strike a one-legged pose in front of the plane on which they just arrived from New York on their way to the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria. They are, left to right, Albertina Noyes, Tommy Litz, Christie Haigler, Monty Hoyt, Peggy Fleming and Scott Allen. Beneath the levity of the photo, though, was an undercurrent of sadness; since the last Olympics, the entire U.S. team had perished in a plane crash in Belgium in 1961. Allen, only 14 years old, sparked the rebuilding effort with a bronze medal at Innsbruck; four years later, Fleming captured a gold at Grenoble.