European Stars and Stripes, December 01, 1976

History of Stars and Stripes Newspaper

Last updated: June 2014.

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 war on terrorism.

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

Stars and Stripes publishes a main edition Monday through Thursday, a combined Friday edition for Europe and Pacific, and a separate Mideast edition Friday through Sunday. With the exception of the Mideast edition, Stars and Stripes newspapers are sold at many U.S. military facilities overseas. The Mideast edition is distributed at no cost to our service members in contingency areas (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates).

Stars and Stripes also publishes a U.S Edition, available at many locations all over the continental United States, as well as several community weeklies (Stripes Guam, Stripes Okinawa, Stripes Japan, Stripes Korea) and dozens of supplements.

Online, Stars and Stripes offers electronic versions of its newspaper,available for download (

On any given day, the average readership of Stars and Stripes products is about 850,000; our audience averages about 1.6 million unique visitors and over 4.0 million page views per month.

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