Support our mission
(Gene Bane/Stars and Stripes)

Berlin, April, 1963: Pfc. Patrick Drury normally spent a portion of his time at Checkpoint Charlie staring down the East German vopos, but here he was going eyeball-to-eyeball with the formidable Manfred Stein. Manfred, whose mother operated a bar on Friedrichstrasse near the crossing between East and West Berlin, was the unofficial mascot of both the allies and the vopos. To most people the border was a political flashpoint, but to a 3½-year-old boy, it was just a playground.

stars and stripes videos

around the web

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up