(Barry Freed/Stars and Stripes)

South Korea, Jan. 5, 1962: Private Thomas E. Linardy, 1st Platoon, A Company, 2nd Battle Group, 12th Cavalry Regiment, takes a smoke break as he waits for orders from his platoon leader. Men of the 12th Cavalry Regiment participated in a month-long Army training test. The training, which began Jan. 2, was held in the mountain areas of South Korea where the cavalrymen honed their skills in varied terrains such as jungles and expansive open agricultural paddies.

Pictured here is a scan of the original 1962 print created by Stars and Stripes Pacific’s photo department to run in the print newspaper. The red marks indicate the crop lines. Only the middle part of the image would appear in the newspaper. As all pre-1964 Stars and Stripes Pacific negatives and slides were unwittingly destroyed by poor temporary storage in 1963, the prints developed from the late 1940s through 1963 are the only images left of Stripes’ news photography from those decades. Stars and Stripes’ archives team is scanning these prints to ensure their preservation.

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