|Stars and Stripes (newspaper) 1945|
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Step back in time first to its origin...
On November 9, 1861, during the American Civil War, a group of Union soldiers of the 11th, 18th, and 29th Illinois Regiments set up camp in Bloomfield, Missouri. They happened upon the abandoned local newspaper's office, the Bloomfield Herald. An idea to chronicle daily activities of the units in the area led to the printing of the newspaper. They called it the Stars and Stripes. A total of four editions were printed.
|The First Stars and Stripes|
Fast forward ahead to this day in history...
World War I created a need for the revival of the Stars and Stripes newspaper. So, on February 8, 1918, the paper resumed in Paris as a means to serve American troops stationed in Europe. Keep in mind this was wartime. The printing of the newspaper depended heavily on the improvisational efforts of its staff to get it printed in France and distributed to U.S. troops.
|The front page for the first issue of the World War I version of the
Stars and Stripes |
included a statement from Commander in Chief John J. Pershing
that introduced the paper to American Soldiers:
"It is your paper. Good luck to it." USAMHI
Image Source: www.army.mil
And the status of the Stars and Stripes today...
Stars and Stripes remains an institution among the American military, an independent voice covering the triumphs and the trials, the battles won and the lives lost, the going to war and the coming home.
Source: Stripes Central
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