(Al Chang/Stars and Stripes)

An Hoa, South Vietnam, April 1962: A soldier of the Vietnamese 2nd Infantry Division helps a wounded civil guard who managed to escape from his Viet Cong captors. Behind them on the left is Maj. Ace Aison, U.S. advisor to the Vietnamese 2nd Infantry Division. The 110-man garrison of the Vietnamese 2nd Infantry Division beat back a Viet Cong attack on the division's small outpost in the Quang Ngai province, near An Hoa, in the first week of April 1962. U.S. Army helicopters and pilots airlifted troops and supplies to the encircled town and later moved wounded Vietnamese soldiers to a hospital in Quang Ngai for treatment.

If you look closely at this photograph, you can see the blue edit marks made by the photo editor to indicate how the image should be cropped and published in the printed paper. The Pacific Stars and Stripes — which published its first issue in 1945 — lost all of its pre-1964 negatives during a move to new locations that year, so the prints of the images that were published in the paper are the only originals we have left. As part of our preservation efforts, Stars and Stripes' archives staff has begun their digitization. All prints are scanned twice: once in full color, with the edit marks, and once in black and white, without the edit marks.

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