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'Atomic cannon' on the Rhine, 1954

A Landing Craft Utility based at the Rhine River Patrol's Unit K station at Karlsruhe, carries a 280mm "atomic cannon" across the Rhine during Operation Big Lift.


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    Rev. Billy Graham at Yokosuka, 1967

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. George Levasseur chats with Rev. Billy Graham during the famed evangelist's visit to Yokosuka Naval Hospital, Japan, in October, 1967.


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    Seawolves, 1969

    Wearing red-tinted goggles to keep their eyes conditioned for night flying, pilots from Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 3 relax aboard a yard repair, berthing and messing craft anchored on the Hau Giang River, 110 miles west of Saigon.


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    Troops in Somalia, 1993

    A U.S. soldier directs local residents during the U.S. humanitarian mission in Somalia in January, 1993.


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    Omaha Beach salvage, 1964

    Nearly 20 years after the D-Day landings, local residents were still digging through the sand at Omaha Beach to recover metal parts from military hardware to sell as scrap or use around their homes.


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    Bomb crater, 1991

    1st Lt. Louis A. Paradis of the 66th Maintenance Battalion out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, takes a look at a huge crater in a runway in Iraq that was attacked by B-52 bombers during the Gulf War.


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    3-D comic books, 1953

    Jim and Ann Penn, children of Maj. and Mrs. Frank A. Penn of Bad Kreuznach, West Germany, look over some of the first 3-D comic books to arrive in Europe in September, 1953.


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    Inspection, 1966

    Inspecting the troops upon his arrival at the Japan Defense Agency, Gen. John P. McConnell, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, appears to have found something out of order in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force honor guard.


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    Muhammad Ali at Augsburg, 1976

    Muhammad Ali defends himself against the playful onslaught of Augsburg Elementary School pupils during a visit to Sheridan Barracks in 1976.


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    Former election rivals in Bosnia, 1997

    President Bill Clinton and his opponent in the previous year's election, former Sen. Bob Dole, meet American servicemembers at Eagle Base in Bosnia in December, 1997.


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    Plei Me, 1965

    An aerial view of the Plei Me Special Forces camp in South Vietnam in 1965.


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    Three-war fighter ace, 1979

    Chief Warrant Officer Gerald P. "Pappy" Devine gets right into his description of an aerial battle from his days as a fighter pilot.


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    Monsoon season, 1972

    A South Vietnamese man drives his cart through the 1972 monsoon rains as his dogs follow.


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    Gen. Omar Bradley, 1974

    Omar N. Bradley, known as "The Soldier's General," salutes during a June, 1974 ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.


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    Cold War souvenir, 1990

    A souvenir-seeking tourist attempts to pull an iron rod loose from the dwindling remnants of the Berlin Wall in August, 1990.


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    German gun at Omaha Beach, 1989

    Nearly a half-century after D-Day, a German gun emplacement above Omaha Beach is a reminder of the firepower that Allied troops faced as the invasion of Europe began on June 6, 1944.


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    Vietnam, 1967

    A soldier pauses for a smoke during a 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division sweep through a Communist stronghold seven miles southeast of Lai Khe.


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    Curious feline

    Photos of animals have paid off for many a news photographer sent out to find a good feature shot, and Stars and Stripes' Gus Schuettler hit the jackpot with this undated photo of a curious feline peering out at the camera.


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    Strom Thurmond, 1981

    78-year-old Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., leads soldiers of Company D, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment on a one-mile run at Fulda, West Germany, in 1981.


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    Edward R. Murrow, 1952

    CBS commentator Edward R. Murrow, center, and Washington bureau chief Bill Downs, right, are welcomed to Tokyo by Japan-Korea bureau manager George Herman in December, 1952.


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    Nixon and Franco, 1970

    President Richard Nixon and Spain's dictator, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, ride from Barajas Airport to Madrid's downtown following Nixon's arrival in Spain in 1970.


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    Airman/musician Gus Backus, 1958

    Airman 3rd Class Gus Backus entertains patients and fellow workers at the 7100th Air Force Hospital with some lunchtime music. While he was stationed in Pittsburgh, Backus and his group, the Del-Vikings, hit it big with their single, "Come Go With Me.


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    President Ford and Japanese Boy Scouts, 1974

    Thirteen-year-old Haruhiko Murase salutes after presenting President (and Eagle Scout) Gerald Ford with the Golden Pheasant Award on behalf of Japanese Boy Scouts at Akasaka Palace in 1974.


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    Suresnes cemetery, 1952

    A band awaits the start of the dedication ceremony at the military cemetery at Suresnes, France, just outside of Paris, in 1952


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    Honoring Truman, 1982

    A visitor places flowers at the Harry S Truman Memorial, near the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, in 1982.


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    Loading rockets, 1971

    Soldiers load rockets onto a Cobra helicopter during an effort to combat stepped-up Communist activity near the Cambodian border in October, 1971.


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    Flying high in Heidelberg, 1992

    With a little help from his friends, eight-year-old Daniel Hutchinson launches himself from a swing at Heidelberg's Patrick Henry Village housing area during school vacation week in April, 1992


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    Beirut basketball, 1983

    U.S. servicemembers taking part in the multinational peacekeeping effort in war-torn Lebanon play some basketball in January, 1983.


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    Rocket test, 1959

    With a roar and a flash of flame, an Honest John rocket takes off from a firing range in South Korea in 1959.


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    Divided city, 1961

    A West Berliner, undaunted by a recent addition to the Berlin Wall intended to minimize contact between residents of the city's eastern and western sectors, finds a way to wave to friends on the other side in September, 1961.


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    Off limits, 1965

    The "off limits" sign probably wasn't posted with actress Carroll Baker in mind, but it served its purpose — much to the chagrin of servicemembers like the ones on the other side of the wall. Baker was touring the Far East with Bob Hope's annual Christmas show.


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    Tay Ninh, 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.


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    Welcoming committee, 1953

    Pfc. Richard Clark of the 557th Quartermaster Aerial Supply Company has some company as he collects his chute following a 1953 jump commemorating the World War II liberation of Nijmegen, Netherlands, by the 82nd Airborne Division nine years earlier.


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    Generals Taylor and McAuliffe, 1955

    Newly-appointed Army Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, left, and a fellow World War II hero, USAREUR Commander Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, meet the press after Taylor's arrival at Rhein-Main Air Base in 1955.


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    Joe Torre, 1970

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Joe Torre talks with a participant in the USAFE baseball clinic at Wiesbaden Air Base in 1970.


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    Guarding the generator, 1966

    A military policeman guards a barbed wire-protected generator for Meyerkord billet in Saigon in 1966.


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    Inoki vs. Wepner, 1977

    Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki prepares to put the finishing touches on American boxer Chuck Wepner in the main event of the 1977 Martial Arts Second Championship at Tokyo's Budokan Hall in 1977.


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    Soap box derby in Germany, 1948

    All eyes are on a particularly intense-looking competitor at the starting line of a soap box derby in Ulm, Germany that drew 225 entries and a crowd of 30,000 spectators along the Romerstrasse in 1948.


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    World Series ticket line, 1949

    Yankee and Dodger fans maintain an uneasy truce as they camp out at Yankee Stadium, hoping to buy $1 bleacher seats for the World Series in 1949.


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    Kids at Dak Seang, 1970

    Children peer out from behind ammunition in a bunker at Dak Seang during a break in the Communist siege that began April 1, 1970.


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    Phone booths, 1951

    Telephones await reporters covering a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in 1951


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    Viet Cong tunnel, 1967

    Pfc. James Beideck emerges from a tunnel found at a Viet Cong regimental base camp that was overrun by 26th Infantry soldiers during Operation Junction City in 1967.


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    Vinh Long airfield, 1965

    In November, 1965, MP Steve Bennet patrols with his sentry dog at the tiny Vinh Long airfield, home of the U.S. Army's 502nd and 114th Aviation Battalions, in South Vietnam's Mekong Delta region.


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    Expectant fathers at Frankfurt Army hospital, 1957

    Expectant fathers wait for good news outside the delivery room at the U.S. Army Hospital in Frankfurt, West Germany, in January, 1957.


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    'Big shoot' exercise, 1960

    A tank crew's makeshift staircase makes access to the turret much easier during a gunnery exercise at the Bergen-Hohne range in 1960.


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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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    Earthquake survivor, 1963

    At a tent city in Kumanovo, Yugoslavia, Maj. Rosa Ramirez feeds a three-year-old survivor of the July 26, 1963 earthquake that killed over 1,000 people and leveled most of the city of Skopje.


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    Sumo wrestler and kids, 1986

    Wakasegawa, a sumo wrestler from Tokyo's Isegahama Stable, easily (and good-naturedly) weathers the onslaught of Kevin Greenwood, left, and two of his friends during a demonstration of the popular Japanese sport for students from Yokota's elementary and high schools in 1986.


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    Les Paul, 1965

    In June, 1965, Les Paul shows the audience at Tokyo's Grant Heights NCO club just how the instrument he helped develop — the solid-body electric guitar — is supposed to be played.


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    Jump school, 1967

    Two participants in the 101st Airborne Brigade's "jump School" at Phan Rang await the moment of truth as they prepare to parachute from an Air Force C123 in the skies over South Vietnam in 1967.


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    Communist youth rally, 1951

    A cyclist carrying photos of Joseph Stalin and other Eastern Bloc heroes of the time leads a group of young Communists during a parade through Berlin's Soviet sector in 1951.


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    Stau, 1956

    The German word for a traffic jam is "stau," but drivers caught in this eight-mile-long mess on the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn in 1956 probably used some much more colorful language to describe it.


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    Home run kings, 1984

    Ten years after the historic 1974 home run-hitting contest between the all-time leading sluggers of U.S. and Japanese baseball, Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron get together again to swing for the fences at Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium.


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    USS Forrestal, 1970

    Men and planes on the deck of the carrier USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean Sea are silhouetted against the setting sun as aircraft return to the ship after a mission in 1970.


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    Roy Acuff's yo-yo, 1964

    Roy Acuff's reputation as one of the all-time country music greats was already secure when he took the stage for this show in 1964, but the audience was treated to another of his talents as he wielded a mean yo-yo.


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    Desert weight room, 1990

    Two U.S. Marines stay in shape — and try to stave off boredom — by lifting weights in a makeshift gym in Saudi Arabiat during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990.


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    Off to war, 2004

    Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division board a chartered jetliner at Osan Air Base for a flight to Kuwait in August, 2004, starting a weeklong airlift of the division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team to the Mideast for duty in Iraq.


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    Adlai Stevenson, 1953

    Former Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic Party's 1952 and 1956 presidential nominee, receives a letter opener with a donkey carved into the handle from Pfc. Harold A. Rodbro of Waukegan, Ill., at the Tokyo Army Hospital in March, 1953.


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    President Clinton in Kuwait, 1994

    President Bill Clinton chats with soldiers from the 69th Armored Regiment during a visit to Tactical Assembly Area Liberty in the Kuwaiti desert in 1994.


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    Pfc. Eddie Fisher, 1952

    Pfc. Eddie Fisher steps off a MATS flight at Rhein-Main Air Base to begin a two-month singing tour of U.S. installations in Germany, France and England in November, 1952.


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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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