Because much of what Stars and Stripes reports on
involves the U.S. military, it is important to note that military terms include
many acronyms, as well as conventions for spelling rank and unit designations,
that are subject to change over time.
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Try to use search terms that are the most precise, distinctive or
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your original search terms.
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If you are unsure of the exact spelling of a person's name or a particular
place (in Germany, Vietnam, or Korea, for instance), you may want to browse
through some papers in those years to see if there may be other references to
the name that will help you with the spelling.
When searching for individuals, avoid using ranks or abbreviations
of rank (e.g., Sgt, Lt., Cmdr.) as these will vary depending on the years being
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for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Sometimes there will be an edition for Dec. 23/24 and none
for the 25th, other years there might be no Dec. 24 edition but one combined edition for Dec. 25/26.
Combinations for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 also vary.