Celebrating 75 years in the Pacific
On May 14, 1945, Stars and Stripes published its first newspaper in the Pacific. To commemorate 75 years serving the military community in the theater, we're taking a look back at Stripes history through the writing and photography of a dedicated staff spanning generations. Stars and Stripes has proudly supported the Pacific military community since the beginning and will continue to serve the troops and families at the heart of our work.
This week in Pacific history
January 11th, 1942 – World War II: Japanese forces capture Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the Federated Malay States.
January 12th, 1962 – Vietnam War: The first American combat mission in the war, Operation Chopper, takes place.
January 12th, 2020 – Taal Volcano in the Philippines begins erupting.
January 14th, 1943 – World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, the successful withdrawal of Japanese forces from Guadalcanal.
January 15th, 1973 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces the halt of offensive action in North Vietnam.