Stars and Stripes Newspaper


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Stars and Stripes sold for a nickel in Europe and most of Asia. About 61,000 free copies went to Vietnam daily and were distributed in the field. In addition to the government-authorized Stars and Stripes, an estimated 2 million copies of U.S. newspapers flow into Vietnam each month along with 400,000 paperbacks and 150,000 magazines. (Newsweek’s circulation in Vietnam: 15,000).

Stars and Stripes got its start as a newspaper for Union troops during the Civil War. After a decades-long hiatus, publication resumed during World War I and then had a second renaissance in World War II.

Stars and Stripes newspaper has been published continuously since 1942 in Europe and 1945 in the Pacific. Stripes reporters have been in the field with American soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen throughout World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo and the current global war on terror.

Although the newspaper is authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense, it is editorially independent. Stars and Stripes operates as any First Amendment media organization in America; all editorial decisions are made within its own independent chain of command, free of any censorship and control. Its publisher and most of its employees today are civilians.

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19 responses to “Stars and Stripes Newspaper

  1. Glen Garris

    I use to read that paper whenever I could get a copy of it.Loved it

    • I was a soldier reporter in Vietnam. I was sent there from Germany for three months to train reporters. I returned to Germany to conclude my tour of duty and kissed the ground when I landed at Weisbaden. Vietnam was a waste of U.S. soldiers. Civilians? Who gives a damn about third world country scumbags? Who gives a damn abut U.S. liberals who protested the war. The best movie made about Vietnam was ‘Full Metal Jacket.’

      • Walt, maybe you can help me track down PFC Scott Long. He was an Army reporter on our chopper as we went in on a down bird in Cambodia May 6, 1970.
        https://usastruck.com/2009/08/01/the-invasion-of-cambodia-was-underway-d-day/
        Hot link at the bottom of this post of his 8-min audio report.

        Welcome Home!

      • Don Smith

        Never heard of anyone who “trained reporters” and don’t believe you did either. Every war since WWII was a waste of soldiers. I appreciated those who protested against Vietnam. Every soldier I was with in Vietnam hated the “war.” Don’t call anyone that believes what you don’t “liberals.” Platoon was the only movie I ever saw that depicted the Vietnam I was in.

  2. John Mosman

    Remember fondly in Vietnam and Europe.

  3. Walker

    I rarely saw a copy. Even SABER was iffy at PV in 70, then nada at Tay Ninh

    • usastruck

      Walker, you don’t suppose the fact that I was Charlie Troop mail clerk the final months of my tour had anything to do with that, do you?

      • I had two R&R’s to japan. On the top of the Stars & Stripes building was a employee cafeteria during the day and for NCO’s “the Sands club” club at NIght. Girls lined up at the gate to be escortered inside. Once inside they were free to do whatever with whom ever.

  4. Cleveland Johnson

    I was in Saigon from March 69-Jun 69. Was then assigned to the delta at Bin Thuy for the rest of my tour or 9 months. I was in the Air Force but can’t remember the last names of the guys that were stationed with me. Anyone served there during that time? Please get in touch..

    • Welcome Home Cleveland…

    • DAVID DISER

      i am not sure how the stars and strip relates to Clevelands post but remember the restaurant in the Stars and Stripes by Building in Toyko became a NCO Club at Night. Girls lined up at the gate to be escorted in, once in side they where on their own/

      This is a repeat of a past post of mine. sorry “bout that”

  5. Stars and Stripes has a special report going on from now for the next few years on Vietnam at 50. http://www.stripes.com/news/special-reports/vietnam-at-50.

  6. Don Smith

    I was a reporter for Stars & Stripes, Vietnam in 1970. I have some great photos and a copy of the Sunday Magazine that printed my interview with Miss America, Pamela Eldred.

  7. david diser

    was the sands club, restaurant in Stars & stripes club an em club after 5 when you were in Tokyo. It was in 67′ durning my R&Rs. Girls lined up at the gate to be escorted in but then where free to go their own way. Not free otherwise. Gi’s required to waer civilian clothes. Girls had health cards.

  8. joannduncan52@yahoo.com

    Looking for article aboutThis happened in Vietnam soldier who had bullet go thru New Testament and stop at John 3:16.

  9. Sterling dodson

    I’m looking for issues between april 1967 and March 1968. The years of my tour. How do I research this time?

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