Stars and Stripes: The Soldier's Newspaper

Stars and Stripes began as a newspaper and grew into a news organization that reports on matters of interest to American servicemen and servicewomen.  While the newspaper is a publication of the Department of Defense, Federal law guarantees the newspaper editorial independence.  Stars and Stripes is supported by a non-appropriated fund, meaning the newspaper must fund itself through advertising sales and subscriptions.

Stars and Stripes began during the Civil War when Union Soldiers found an empty newspaper office in Bloomfield, Missouri, which they used to produce a newspaper.  During World War I, the newspaper reached a peak circulation of over 500,000, despite lack of official support for printing and distribution. 

During World War II, the newspaper produced multiple editions in different theaters.  Bill Mauldin created his famous cartoon characters “Willie and Joe” for Stars and Stripes.  Their exploits amused GIs all over the world.  The Pacific edition began its continuous publication run in 1942, the European edition followed suit in 1945.

Stars and Stripes currently publishes four print editions for troops overseas in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and Korea.

The following articles from Stars and Stripes compliment the Army Heritage Center Foundation’s Soldier Stories.  Links to relevant articles can also be found on each individual Soldier’s page.