Birds-eye-view of the new Hardy Barracks office of the Pacific Stars and Stripes, taken after 1962.

A look back at Stars and Stripes' 75 years in the Pacific

TOKYO – For 75 years Stars and Stripes reporters across the Pacific have covered wars, revolutions, natural disasters and the political changes tha

Letter from the Publisher

When United States forces responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and when the U.S. celebrated V-J day in August 1945, it was not envisioned how the world would change, and that the U.S. and others would be military partners in the Pacific today.

The cost of newsgathering

Pacific Stars and Stripes has lost two reporters in two wars — one a 37-year old veteran, the other a youngster only 24. I knew one only slightly and the other not at all.

Shelley Smith, Reporter

Shelly Smith, now a correspondent for ESPN’s SportsCenter, was hired by Stars and Stripes in late winter 1982, arriving in Tokyo to become the first full-time civilian woman staffer on the previously all-male sports desk.

Hal Drake, Reporter

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Drake served 10 months in the Korean War as an artilleryman, viewing up close the carnage on Heartbreak Ridge. He applied for one of a handful of reporting jobs at Stars and Stripes and joined the Pacific staff in July 1956.

Vernon Grant, Cartoonist

Cartoonist and Army officer Vernon Grant had a unique ability to capture the soldier’s perspective during the Vietnam War.

John Olson, Photographer

Former Stars and Stripes Pacific combat photographer John Olson is known for his haunting images of the Vietnam War, particularly those taken during the bloody Tet Offensive and Battle of Hue in 1968.

LIST OF EVENTS

Summer Giveaway Promotion/Readership Survey

Aug 2020

Online |

Pacific Wide

Stars and Stripes Pacific 75th Anniversary Gala

Sep 2020

The New Sanno |

Japan

Halloween Photo Contest on Facebook

Oct 2020

Facebook |

Pacific Wide

How Many Candies in the Jar Contest

Nov 2020

Facebook |

Pacific Wide

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