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Martin knew all about the paper from serving in the U.S.
notebooks, typewriters and early computers that were the
Army during the Vietnam War. He recalls that reading
tools of the war correspondent's trade. Many of these latter
something as simple as baseball scores gave the troops
items were donated by The Stars and Stripes alumni ediserving in country a vital connection to the lives they left
tors and reporters, known affectionately as "Stripers."
back home.
"Most of them had saved things that they obtained
"You referred all the time in Vietnam to 'going back to
during their employment, so that's how our collection got
the world,' " Jim says, "and everything that was back in the
started," says Librarian Sue Mayo. "They seem to appreciate what we've done here."
world was there."
New smart televisions donated by
Now, in addition to informing America's servicemen
and women around the globe and back in the states,
SEMO Electric Cooperative and a highspeed fiber internet connection through
Stars and Stripes and its history serves another funcGoSEMO Fiber are a big help during the
tion in the museum in Bloomfield. All Jim needs to
museum's signature event, Liberty Days -
do is look back on the more than 58,000 names
on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to
in Laura's words, a "living history timeline"
know the importance of communicating history.
- held annually in October. Veterans and
"That's what we're about: communicating
professors from Southeast Missouri UniverBloomfield
that dedication," Jim Martin says. "We need to
sity host presentations on conflicts from the
because our kids need to understand. Not just
American Revolution through the present
day for school children from as far away as Perryville and
so that they can serve in a military fashion, but
so they can serve in the community - so they can commit
Kennett. Re-enactors show kids what life was like in the
themselves to something greater than themselves."
days of the mountain men and the later Civil War era, and
a POW-MIA ceremony is held.
For more information on The Stars and Stripes Muse"Our whole goal is to bring history to life," Laura says.
um and Library, call 573-568-2055 visit www.starsand"We want people to be interested in history and to get exstripesmuseumlibrary.org. To learn more about today's
cited about it."
Stars and Stripes, visit www.stripes.com.
Before becoming president of the museum's board, Jim
Below left: A World War I edition showcases the morale-boosting humor for which the paper was known. Below right:
Museum founder Jim Mayo reviews historical documents on Striper David Stern III, creator of Francis the Talking Mule.


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