World War II Medal of Honor recipients honored with new stamp


(Courtesy USPS)

The last living World War II recipients of the Medal of Honor are being honored on Veterans Day with the First Day of Issue dedication ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

(Courtesy USPS) (Courtesy USPS)

The stamp depicts 12 Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor. They  include Charles H. Coolidge of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Francis S. Currey of Selkirk, N.Y.; Walter D. Ehlers of Buena Park, Calif. ; John D. Hawk of Bremerton, Wash.; Daniel K. Inouye of Honolulu, Hawaii; Robert D. Maxwell of Bend, Ore.; Vernon McGarity of Memphis, Tenn.; Nicholas Oresko of Creskill, N.J.; Wilburn K. Ross of Dupont, Wash.; and George T. Sakato of Denver, Colo.,  all of whom served with the U.S. Army.

Also featured are Arthur J. Jackson of Boise, Idaho; and Hershel W. Williams of Ona, W.Va. served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Inouye, who represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate, McGarity, Oresko, and Hawk died before the stamp could be issued.

“Their photographs are still included, as they remain among the last representatives of a remarkable group whose courage and devotion we honor with this issuance,” the Postal Service said in a statement.

Living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor from World War II celebrated Veterans' Day in the District with a stamp dedication in their honor. (REUTERS)

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