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

Unidentified Vietnamese find a spot to catch some zzzz's. Exact location unknown.

Vietnamese locals, 1967

Unidentified Vietnamese find a spot to catch some zzzz's. Exact location unknown.

Tom Dreiling, © 1967, 2017 Stars and Stripes, All Rights Reserved | BUY THIS PHOTO


A member of the crew at Misawa Air Base

From the Archives

It's more than just flying for submarine patrol crews

Yesterday, airborne submarine hunters flew low over blue-green battlefields searching for the tiny, telltale wake of periscopes.

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This week in Pacific history

USS Bunker Hill on fire
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May 9th - May 15th

May 10th, 1969Vietnam War: An assault on Hill 937 begins the Battle of Dong Ap Bia. This hill will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill.
May 11th, 1945 – World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, the USS Bunker Hill is hit and severely damaged by two Japanese kamikaze pilots. Casualties were 346 men killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded.
May 13th, 1989 – Groups of protesting students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
May 14th, 1945 - The first issue of Stars and Stripes Pacific is printed in Honolulu, Hawaii.
May 15th, 1972 – The Ryukyu Islands, which includes Okinawa, revert to Japanese control after being under U.S. military governance since 1945.

Memories with stars and stripes

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