Masthead 1989
This nameplate was used in 1989
Nixon Goes 1974
This nameplate was used in 1974

This website was created and maintained from May 2020 to May 2021 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Stars and Stripes operations in the Pacific.
It will no longer be updated, but we encourage you to explore the site and view content we felt best illustrated Stars and Stripes' continued support of the Pacific theater since 1945.

This week in Pacific history

May 9th - May 15th

May 9th - May 15th

USS Bunker Hill on fire

USS Bunker Hill hit by two Kamikazes in 30 seconds on 11 May 1945 off Kyushu.

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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.