Troopers block Bama Schools 1963
This nameplate was used in 1963
What so Proudly we hail 1976
This nameplate was used in 1976

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.


James Richardson, 99, a member of the famed Merrill's Marauders in Burma during World War II, poses with his daughter, Judy Robinson, in February 2020.

Death of Merrill’s Marauder veteran leaves only seven survivors of the famed WWII unit

James E. Richardson, one of only eight living veterans of the famed Merrill’s Marauders from World War II, died Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., at the age of 99.

Card in a bottle sparks 70-year-old Army mystery in Japan

Using a whiskey bottle, a business card and some rudimentary carpentry, Lt. Col. Eugene J. McNamara found a way to be remembered.

DOD identifies remains of Indiana brothers who died aboard USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor

The remains of a pair of brothers who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified.

DC ceremony marks Battle of Okinawa's 70th anniversary

A handful of World War II veterans were the center of attention Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the long, fierce Battle of Okinawa.

Guam jungle silently echoes long-ago guns

In a lot of Pacific War histories, Guam is swept aside and banished as insignificant.

How soon they forget, many might say.

Fourteen eyewitnesses to Japan’s 1945 surrender are expected in Hawaii for 75th anniversary

Fourteen U.S. veterans who witnessed Japan surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, are slated to attend a ceremony in Hawaii next month commemorating the historic event’s 75th anniversary.

‘Irresistible weapon’: Historians say American history oversimplifies atomic bombings on Japan

In spring and summer 1945, American politicians, generals and scientists pondered how to best use the terrible power of the atomic bomb created by the Manhattan Project in New Mexico.

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