Special Reports

Conspiracy of silence: Veterans exposed to atomic tests wage final fight

At least 200,000 U.S. troops participated in atomic tests and cleanup operations during World War II and later in the Pacific Ocean, the Nevada desert, New Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the first part of a three-part series looking at the plight of veterans exposed to atomic radiation testing.


Remembering D-Day

Stars and Stripes marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a look at the events held in tribute to the men who fought and died for the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.


Vietnam at 50 - 1969

When Richard Nixon entered the White House on Jan. 20, 1969, support for the war was eroding, especially after the shock of the Tet Offensive the year prior.


Archive photo of the day

Hue, South Vietnam, February, 1968: Their machine gun mounted on a kitchen table, U.S. Marines take position on a battle-scarred Hue street amid the bloody effort to retake the city during the Tet offensive.

Frederick Douglass: Portraits of a free man

Growing up as a slave in the early 1800s on the eastern shore of Maryland, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey suffered.

He would become Frederick Douglass, one of the most influential African-American figures in history.


Safe haven: Bringing veterans back home

President Barack Obama announced an ambitious plan to house all of the nation’s homeless veterans by the end of 2015.

Stars and Stripes examined efforts by cities across the country to bring homeless veterans home.


Cold War plot revealed

For nearly 40 years, Bill Burhans has maintained he wasn’t drunk when, as an Air Force lieutenant colonel driving U.S. military liaisons home from a holiday party in East Germany, he lost control of the car and slammed into a bus.

A Stasi report has come to light that clears his name. But is it too little, too late?


Gulf War: 25-year anniversary

"By God we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!” When President George H.W. Bush finished a speech with those words on March 1, 1991, the U.S. was flush with the completeness of its victory in Iraq

Yet where some saw victory, others saw a job unfinished.

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Episode 15: Exploring the murky, mysterious world of Russian military contracting

This week we're looking at a private Russian paramilitary force that is a global threat, even though it isn’t formally recognized by its government.

Stars and Stripes: Celebrating 75 years in Europe

During the past 75 years, through stories, photographs and videos, the Stars and Stripes staff has chronicled the history of America’s military in Europe.

Here are some of the moments staff writers have covered, from the mundane to the shocking.


A study in perseverance from a World War II veteran

Nineteen-year-old Harold Radish was a Jewish-American prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, living off burnt bread and soup that was split among his cellmates. Vermin were everywhere and lice were potential killers.

He was one of the lucky ones, though.