The U.S. Postal Service is set to release stamps commemorating World War II Medal of Honor recipients during a First-Day-of-issue dedication ceremony on Veterans Day at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Forever First Class Mail stamps, priced at 46 cents, will pay tribute to the 464 recipients of this highest of all military honors.
During the planning and design stages, the USPS decided to include the images of the last living World War II-era Medal of Honor recipients. At the time, there were 12, including U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Daniel K. Inouye, the former U.S. Senator from Hawaii who fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a regimental-sized fighting unit comprised of American soldiers of Japanese descent.
Since then, Inouye and three other Medal of Honor recipients have passed away. The most recent, U.S. Army Sgt. John D. Hawk, died on Nov. 4, just seven days before the stamps were to debut. U.S. Army Technical Sgt. Vernon and U.S. Army Master Sgt. Nicholas
There are now just eight living World War II Medal of Honor recipients:
U.S. Army PFC Francis S. of Selkirk, NY
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Walter D. of Park, Calif.
U.S. Army Private George T. of Denver, Colo.
Read more about the release of these stamps in Sunday’s Desert Sun and mydesert.com