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Anzio, 1945

In January, 1945, two-year-old Ignazio Virzi sits on the shell-splintered front stoop of the family home in Aprilia, Italy, a town known to Allied troops as "The Factory" because of its numerous brick buildings.


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    Monsoon season, 1967

    Guard duty in the monsoon rain and mud at Camp Carroll, a Marine Corps artillery base near Cam Lo, South Vietnam, in 1967.


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    Kurdish refugee, 1991

    A Kurdish woman carries pillows, blankets and other household goods as she arrives at a refugee camp in northern Iraq in May, 1991.


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    Operation Desert Storm, 1991

    At a base in the Saudi Arabian desert. American pilots wait to take off on a mission against Iraqi forces in the early stages of Operation Desert Storm in January, 1991.


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    Walter Reuther, 1953

    American labor leader Walter Reuther, president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), makes a point as he talks to a reporter during a visit with relatives in West Germany in 1953.


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    Meeting Billy Martin, 1955

    USAREUR baseball most valuable player Ray Rosenbaum and his USAFE counterpart, George Morgan, meet New York Yankees second baseman Billy Martin before a World Series game at Yankee Stadium in 1955.


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    Little Rock 'snipe,' 1976

    Hull technician Deano Marchese works on a high-pressure steam line aboard the guided missile cruiser Little Rock in the Mediterranean in 1976.


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    Haircut, 1961

    An American soldier gets a haircut in the Friedrichstrasse bivouac area of Berlin Command's Company F, 40th Armor in November, 1961.


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    Seminarians at play, 1961

    Students at a Dominican theological seminary affiliated with the Church of St. Peter the Martyr in Madrid play a game of table football — also known as foosball — during a break in their studies in 1961.


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    Okinawa missile site, 1969

    Spc. 4 Jerome St. Romain checks the safety pin on a Hawk missile shortly after its installation on a launcher at a missile site of the 38th Artillery Brigade near Bolo Point, Okinawa.


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    Best tank team, 1959

    Emerging from the 40th Armor Organization Day competition at Camp Beaver, Korea, as winner of the 1959 Best Tank Team award was the the C Co. team of, left to right, Sfc. Allen Jones, Pfc. Sang Phil Han, Pfc. J.R. Jung and Pfc. Earl D. Hall.


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    Gen. Alexander Haig, 1974

    Gen. Alexander M. Haig talks with one of the guests at a ceremony marking his return to active duty as commander-in-chief of the U.S. European Command in November, 1974.


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    Walter Winchell, 1953

    Walter Winchell broadcasts to "Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea" from Pennsylvania Avenue, near the White House, during President Dwight D. Eisenhower's inaugural parade in 1953.


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    Kuwait, 2003

    A Marine decontaminates a forklift during a chemical weapons attack drill in the Kuwaiti desert in February, 2003.


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    Dorothy Lamour, 1950

    Actress Dorothy Lamour is escorted out of the Frankfurt train station after arriving to begin a series of shows on U.S. bases in West Germany in 1950.


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    Time to relax, 1976

    At the end of flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in 1976, it was "condition sunshine" — a time for servicemembers to shed their shirts and maybe enjoy a little music.


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    Wounded prisoner, 1991

    U.S. and Iraqi medics treat a wounded Iraqi prisoner after a Gulf War firefight in the desert of southern Iraq in February, 1991.


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    Polishing the presidential plane, 1966

    In July, 1966, members of the maintenance crew for the fleet of presidential aircraft polish the exterior of the plane that's known as SAM 26000 while in the hangar, but as Air Force One with President Lyndon Johnson aboard


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    Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in France, 1953

    Jerry Lewis mugs for the camera as Dean Martin plays his usual role of straight man during one of the comedy duo's performances for American troops and their families at Orleans, France, in 1953.


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    Marine Corps Marathon starters, 2004

    Serving as official and honorary starters, respectively, at the 29th Marine Corps Marathon in 2004 are a couple of Marine veterans, Billy Mills and R. Lee Ermey.


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    Waiting, 1968

    A soldier from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division reads a book as he waits to be airlifted to Landing Zone Timothy during Operation Pegasus in Vietnam in April, 1968.


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    Engine inspection, 1985

    Staff Sgt. Elaine Rex, a jet engine mechanic assigned to the 8th Component Repair Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, inspects the augmenter liner of an F-100 engine at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, in July, 1985.


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    Elvis arrives in Germany, 1958

    U.S. Army Pvt. Elvis Presley is greeted by an autograph seeker as he steps off the USS General Randall to begin his tour of duty in Germany in 1958.


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    MacArthur at Yokota, 1961

    Retired U.S. Army Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur is greeted by Brig. Gen. Charles Morhouse, the Fifth Air Force surgeon general, planeside at Yokota Air Base, Japan, in July, 1961.


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    Ordnance disposal, 1971

    Staff Sgt. Peter Hoffman digs out an unexploded shell the morning after a Viet Cong attack on the base at Khe Sanh in 1971.


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    Bob Hope, 1968

    Bob Hope tries to kill some time between shows on his 1968 holiday tour of U.S. bases by balancing his ever-present golf club on the toe of his shoe.


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    War-torn convent, 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.


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    Kermit the Frog, 1986

    Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, makes a point to the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan via his most famous felt friend, Kermit the Frog, in 1986.


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    Bing Crosby, 1953

    Singer Bing Crosby poses with members of the 7th Army Flight Detachment, who were working on a training problem in the field, in West Germany in 1953.


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    Bien Hoa, 1972

    Ground crew members at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, find comfortable spots on an A-37B Dragonfly from the 8th Special Operations Squadron as they catch up on their reading during a break in 1972.


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    Glen Campbell, 1974

    Country and Western meets Far East as singer Glen Campbell dons Japanese clothing for a press conference and photo op in Tokyo in May, 1974.


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    Actor-WWII fighter ace Wayne Morris, 1954

    Actor Wayne Morris, on a tour of bases in France, Germany, Austria and Italy, talks with American soldiers at the Carlton Hotel in Frankfurt in 1954.


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    Berlin airlift, 1948

    As allied forces team up to airlift supplies to Berlin during the Communist blockade of the city in 1948, maintenance crews need to work a 24-hour schedule to keep the planes in service.


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    Signal school, 1948

    Staff Sgt. John Sternka, teletype operator at the EUCOM signal school, explains his approach to, left to right, Maj. Gen. James A. Van Fleet, the new EUCOM director of operations, plans, organization and training in 1948.


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    Coast Guard in Vietnam, 1968

    U.S. Coast Guardsmen aboard the 82-foot cutter Point Partridge send mortar fire toward Viet Cong on the beach during a six-day patrol along the delta coast near Long Toan, South Vietnam, in 1968.


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    William Faulkner, 1955

    Author William Faulkner talks to reporters during a 1955 visit to Japan, where he was one of the speakers at a three-week American literature seminar.


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    Jack Nicholson in Tokyo, 1994

    Actor Jack Nicholson waits for his translator to finish before continuing his remarks during an Imperial Hotel (Tokyo) press conference to promote his latest movie, "Wolf," co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer.


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    Kissingers' homecoming, 1975

    With his parents at his side, Henry Kissinger waves to the crowd gathered in his hometown of Furth, West Germany, for a 1975 ceremony at which he was presented with the city's Golden Citizen's Medallion..


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    Hau Nghai Province, 1967

    Capt. Thomas B. Mannix of B Company, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, uses a pair of radios to direct orbiting helicopters into position during a mission to round up suspected Viet Cong who were fleeing from interrogators in Hau Nghai province in 1967.


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    Bombing mission, 1965

    B-52 crew members preparing for a bombing mission over suspected Viet Cong strongholds in South Vietnam attend a target study session at Anderson AFB, Guam, in November, 1965.


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    On to a new life, 1947

    One of the youngest of 857 Venezuela-bound displaced persons gets a checkup from a doctor before leaving Germany on the U.S. Army transport ship General S.D. Sturgis in 1947.


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    Berlin greeting, 1954

    Residents of Berlin's Soviet sector offer a greeting to passing Americans during the Big Four talks on Indochina in 1954


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    Da Nang hospital, 1968

    Wounded servicemembers are treated in the receiving ward before being taken inside the Naval Support Activity Hospital, Da Nang, South Vietnam, for further examination in 1968.


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    Beirut baptism, 1958

    Chaplain (Maj.) Lester E. Burnett, right, Protestant chaplain of Army Task Force 201, baptizes Pfc. David Johnson, from the 724th Ordnance Battalion's B Company, in the Mediterranean Sea in July, 1958.


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    At the border, 1962

    "Meeting my ride" is a daily ritual for countless workers around the world, but in this case the process required the woman in the car to drive through a phalanx of heavily-armed communist guards to get to her passenger in Berlin in 1962.


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    Riding high, 1964

    A soldier from the 34th Artillery Brigade pays tribute to the Slim Pickens character in the recently-released movie "Dr. Strangelove" at a Hawk missile site near the East German frontier in 1964.


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    Desert Shield, 1991

    American servicemembers deployed to the Saudi desert during Operation Desert Shield in January, 1991 are silhouetted against the setting sun.


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    Venice, 1959

    The tourists and pigeons have all escaped the rain or gone to sleep, leaving a lone nighttime visitor in Venice's famed Piazza San Marco in 1959.


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    OK to sleep, 1957

    A USS Iowa sailor tries to get some sleep during Operation Strike Back, the first stage of a huge NATO exercise in 1957.


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    Leaving for Iraq, 2009

    An Iraq-bound National Guard soldier peers out of a bus window at a large crowd of friends and family members after a departure ceremony at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., in 2009.


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    A medal from LBJ, 1966

    President Lyndon Johnson pins a medal on a South Korean Army soldier cited for bravery while serving in Vietnam. Johnson's arrival in Seoul in November, 1966 drew a crowd estimated at two million people.


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    President Bush, 1989

    President George H.W. Bush reaches out to the crowd at Rhein-Main Air Base, where he spoke briefly before boarding Air Force One for a flight to London in May, 1989.


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    Diver at Iwakuni, 1974

    Navy diver Petty Officer 2nd Class Ken Moore swims in front of a search and rescue boat at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni crash boat house in 1974.


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    Drydock, 1980

    USS Midway crewmember Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Smith takes photos of the ship's propellers in Yokosuka's drydock number six, where the aircraft carrier was undergoing two months of painting, remodeling and refitting in 1980.


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    The Who, 1970

    Guitarist Pete Townshend, left, takes to the air in a typical high-intensity moment for The Who, as seen from behind drummer Keith Moon during a show in West Germany in 1970. At right is singer Roger Daltrey.


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    Anchors a-paint, 1971

    A sailor paints an anchor on the cruiser Oklahoma City during the 7th Fleet command ship's three-day visit to Okinawa in 1971.


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    Soviet pavilion, 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 1958 Brussels World's Fair's Soviet pavilion.


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    Olympians in Tokyo, 1964

    Four of America's top hopes for medals in the track and field events pose after arriving in Tokyo for the start of the 1964 Olympic Games.


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    Mass in Vietnam, 1966

    Soldiers kneel during Mass at a 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry field camp near Plei Djereng in Vietnam's Pleiku province in 1966.


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    USS Nimitz, 1976

    A crew member on the flight deck of the USS Nimitz watches as an E-2 Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft passes overhead during operations in the Mediterranean Sea off Sicily in 1976.


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    John Wayne, 1957

    Actor John Wayne lines up a shot while playing pool at a hotel during the filming of "The Barbarian and the Geisha" in 1957.


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    USO show, 1982

    Singer-actress Susan Anton and comedian Jonathan Winters wait their turn to go onstage during a USO show at a Ramstein Air Base hangar in 1982.


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    Tokyo plane crash, 1982

    Boats surround a Japan Air Lines DC-8 that crashed in a shallow part of Tokyo Bay while landing at Haneda International Airport, killing 24 of the 166 passengers and crew on board, in February, 1982.


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    President Ford, 1975

    A spectator stretches to get a photo of President Gerald Ford, who was visiting the 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division's German-American family picnic in 1975.


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    Stratocruiser disco, 1981

    Owners Jose Luis Manzano and Jose Garcia Castro talk about their Disco Pub Avion nightclub, a surplus Boeing C-97 Stratocruiser once used by the New York Air National Guard.


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    Fireworks over Tokyo, 1996

    Fireworks explode behind the Tokyo Tower during the Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival in 1996.


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    Bosnia, 1998

    A large American flag ripples in the wind as Pfc. Dennis McCall of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit surveys war damage to local homes from the turret of an armored amphibious assault vehicle during a NATO Strategic Reserve Force exercise in Bosnia in 1998.


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    Setback for freedom, 1961

    Soldiers gather at a house that's being demolished to expand the "no-man's land" on the Communist side of the Berlin Wall in November, 1961.


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    Hank Williams, 1949

    Hank Williams performs at Rhein-Main's Gateway Theater during a Grand Ole Opry tour of U.S. bases in West Germany's American zone in 1949.


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    Eddie Feigner, 1989

    Eddie Feigner, right, gets some last-minute guidance in locating home plate as he prepares to pitch blindfolded — one of his trademark routines —during The King and His Court's exhibition softball game against the Zama All-Stars in 1989.


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    Congratulating Chiang, 1972

    Schoolchildren gather on a street near the home of Chiang Kai-shek in the suburbs of Taipei to offer the generalissimo their congratulations on his election to a fifth six-year term as president of Nationalist China in 1972.


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    Honor guard, 1961

    Staff Sgt. Dallas A. Pinckney, center, watches as members of the 2nd Battle Group Honor Guard in Berlin pass rifles back and forth while practicing one of one of their complicated maneuvers in September, 1961.


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    Prince Charles in an SR-71 Blackbird, 1982

    Prince Charles sits in the cockpit of an SR-71 aircraft as U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Shelton, left, and Maj. Russell Szczepanik explain the Blackbird's equipment during the heir to the British throne's first visit to a U.S. military installation in the U.K. in 198


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    Hayride, 1998

    A Bosnian family rides high on the hay, after loading their horse-drawn cart with a recent harvest near Eagle Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1998.


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    Marilyn Monroe, 1954

    Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a photo in Tokyo, where she was honeymooning with baseball great Joe DiMaggio in February, 1954.


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    Bargains in Bosnia, 1998

    Spec. Kevin Sharp carries a newly-bought wicker chair and plant holder as his fellow soldiers at Camp Bedrock, Bosnia and Herzegovina, discuss his purchases in September, 1998.


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    Persian Gulf, 2003

    Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Stoker stretches to provide a clean windshield for pilots of a heavy-lift transport helicopter aboard the USS Tarawa in 2003.


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    Unloading cargo, 1966

    Soldiers from the 1st Logistical Command's 71st Transportation Battalion are pressed into service unloading military cargo from ship to shore after thousands of Saigon's stevedores walked off the job in a labor dispute in 1966.


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    War zone, 1995

    In 1995, fighting between Bosnian government troops and Bosnian Serbs was a nearby reality for these Brcko area residents standing in front of graffiti pointing the way to the war zone along the Posavina corridor.


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    Redstone missile, 1962

    A 7th Army crew begins fueling a Redstone missile with liquid oxygen during an exercise at Panzer Kasern in Stuttgart, West Germany in 1962.


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    Ike in Darmstadt, 1951

    U.S. soldiers show Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower how they get through barbed wire during the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe's visit to the 547th Engineer Battalion in 1051.


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    Toothpaste test in Vietnam, 1968

    Replacement troops from the 1st Infantry Division, having gotten the word about the importance of dental care and the proper use of a toothbrush, try out the Army's new "super-toothpaste" in Vietnam in 1968.


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    LBJ supporters in Manila, 1966

    A pro-American crowd gathers at the Manila Hotel to greet President Lyndon Johnson upon his return from a summit meeting in 1966.


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    Economic summit, 1985

    President Ronald Reagan stands with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a photo session at Augustusburg Palace for leaders attending a three-day economic summit in 1985.


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    Helmut Kohl visits wounded Marines, 1983

    At the U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl shakes hands with U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin D. Jiggetts, who was wounded in the Oct. 23, 1983 terrorist bombing of a barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.


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    500th mission, 1966

    Col. Levi Chase, commander of the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, is interviewed in 1966 after returning from his 500th fighter mission of a military career that spanned three wars — World War II, Korea and Vietnam — and 25 years.


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    Bu Dop, 1967

    A "Flying Crane" helicopter delivers supplies to the Bu Dop Special Forces camp in Vietnam in December, 1967.


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    Ernest Borgnine, 1979

    Academy Award-winning actor (and World War II Navy veteran) Ernest Borgnine learns about the Redeye missile launcher from Spec. 4 Eddie Chew, left, and Cpl. James Nangano of the 4th Battalion, 69th Armor, in 1979.


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    Cheerleaders at Pisa, 1966

    Betsy Billington, a cheerleader at Leghorn American High School at Camp Darby, Italy, makes a leap in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in 1966.


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    Casey Stengel, 1955

    New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel, on the home stretch of an around-the-world trip highlighted by a series of exhibition games for the Yankees in Japan, takes to the airwaves at the AFN Radio studios in 1955.


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    Taking off from Bitburg, 1979

    An F-15 Eagle from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing takes off from Bitburg Air Base on a rainy night during a USAFE readiness exercise in 1979.


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    School's out, 1959

    The end of the last day of the school year finds lots of happy students at the elementary school in Babenhausen, West Germany, in 1959.


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    Remembering Patton, 1973

    Retired U.S. Army Gen. Bruce C. Clarke, who earned the Silver Star three times during World War II while leading the Fourth Armored Division of the Third Army, places flowers at the grave of his wartime commander, Gen. George S. Patton, at the Luxembourg American Cemetery in 1973.


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    Interrogation center in Vietnam, 1969

    A suspect glares at the photographer while being held at the Combined Holding and Interrogation Center, where Viet Cong sympathizers, draft dodgers and deserters are sorted out from the rest of the local population, in 1969.


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    D-Day anniversary, 1969

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army 8th Infantry Division's airborne component take part in the French government's torch-lighting ceremony at Utah Beach, one of many 1969 events marking the 25th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day.


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    Training near Mt. Fuji, 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.


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    Rep. Daniel Inouye, 1960

    Rep. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) admires a sword presented to him by residents of Yokoyama, Japan, during a visit to his ancestral home village.


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    Ballplayers in Japan, 1956

    Taking part in some international baseball shop talk at Tokyo's Chinzanso restaurant in 1956 are, left to right, outfielder Duke Snider and catcher Roy Campanella of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Takehiko Bessho of Japan's Yomiuri Giants and Don Newcombe of the Dodgers.


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    Among the cacti, 1967

    An artillery forward observer walks along a path through tall cacti in a lesser-seen area of South Vietnam in 1967.


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    Battle of Hue, 1968

    A U.S. Marine takes aim at the enemy from a storefront during the fierce, monthlong battle for Hue.


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    Desert sports, 1991

    Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment play a game of "Saudi ball" to ease stress and occupy some of their free time in the Saudi Arabian desert in February, 1991.

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