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.
Photo of the day
Bien Hoa prisoner of war camp, 1968
Viet Cong prisoners pass through the prison camp. The Bien Hoa prisoner of war camp is a compex of 55 buildings - barrakcs, kitchens, mess halls, libraries and a dispensary with a doctor. The two-year-old camp has some 900 male and 85 female prisoners. The male prisoners are segregated in roups by their rank - 14 officers, 30 non-coms and 830 privates.
This week in Pacific history
April 19th, 1960 – The April Revolution begins as students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protests opposing president Syngman Rhee.
April 19th, 1975 – Vietnam War: South Vietnamese forces evacuate from Xuan Loc in the last major battle of the Vietnam War.
April 21st, 1989 – In commemoration of Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, approximately 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square
April 22nd, 2019 – The 6.1 magnitude 2019 Luzon earthquake strikes and kills at least 18 people in the Philippines.
April 24th, 1970 – Dong Fang Hong I is launched by China and reaches orbit, becoming the fifth nation to do so.