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Posted 11/11/2012   10:38 am  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add tomiseksj to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
With today being Veterans Day in the U.S., I thought it fitting to start a topical thread depicting stamps of that were issued to honor military service.

This is the U. S. Veterans of World War II issue honoring all veterans of that war. The stamp depicts an honorable discharge emblem and was issued on May 9, 1946.






[EDIT 11/22: My primary collecting focus is U.S. so all of my contributions to this thread will highlight U.S. issues. My intent was to have a thread showing stamps from all countries that have issued stamps to honor their militaries and/or the men and women that have served in them.]

[EDIT 3/3: Changed the subject for a more accurate reflection of the thread's theme.]

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Posted 11/11/2012   10:49 am  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars issue commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Veterans of Spanish-American and Other Foreign Wars organization. The stamp was designed by Robert Hallock and depicts the emblem and initials of the VFW. It was issued on March 11, 1974.





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The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
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The U.S. Vietnam Veterans issue, depicting the ribbon for the Vietnam Service Medal, was issued on November 11, 1979. The stamp was designed by Stevan Dohanos and is a tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War.


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Posted 11/11/2012   11:06 am  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
On July 26, 1985 the U.S. issued this stamp honoring Korean War Veterans. It was designed by Richard Sheaff from a photograph taken by David D. Duncan. The image depicts American troops in Korea.


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Posted 11/11/2012   11:28 am  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The U.S. Vietnam Veterans Memorial issue, designed by Paul Calle, was issued on November 10, 1984. Those lines on the wall are intended to represent the engraved names of the over 58,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country during that conflict.


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Posted 11/11/2012   8:08 pm  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From December 1936 through May 1937, the United States issued two series of five stamps each to honor the country's Army and Navy. Issue dates for these 1c through 5c rotary press printings, respectively, were: December 15, 1936; January 15, February 18, March 23, and, May 26, 1937.



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On July 11, 1945 the United States issued a stamp commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima and honoring the achievements of the U.S. Marine Corps (U.S. Scott 929). The image on the stamp depicts the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima and was based on a photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal.

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Posted 11/23/2012   08:30 am  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
On May 28, 1948 the U.S. issued a stamp (Scott 956) honoring four Army Chaplains who had sacrificed their lives while saving others in the sinking of the transport ship SS Dorchester in the Atlantic's icy waters on February 3, 1943. More on their story is available at http://www.fourchaplains.org/story.html

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Posted 11/24/2012   08:09 am  Show Profile Check tomiseksj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. In 1932, the DAV was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation's wartime disabled veterans. On November 24, 1970, the United States issued a stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the DAV (Scott 1421). The 6c stamp was designed by Stevan Dohanos and features the organization's emblem.




The companion stamp (Scott 1422) honors the contribution of servicemen, particularly those who were prisoners of war, missing or killed in action.




These stamps were printed se-tenant in horizontal rows of 10.

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On September 28, 1945, the United States issued this stamp (Scott 934) to honor the achievements of the U.S. Army in World War II. The stamp depicts U.S. troops marching in Paris after the liberation of France.



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This stamp honoring the achievements of the United States Navy in World War II was issued on October 27, 1945 (Scott 935).

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On November 10, 1945, the achievements of the United States Coast Guard in World War II were honored with the issuance of this stamp (Scott 936) depicting a Coast Guard landing craft and a supply ship.

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This stamp was designed by Charles R. Chickering and issued on September 21, 1948 (Scott 969). The stamp indirectly honors military service by honoring American mothers whose sons and daughters gave their lives while serving their country in the United States armed forces.



The following was extracted from the website of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. at http://www.goldstarmoms.com/whowear.../history.htm


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...On May 28, 1918, President Wilson approved a suggestion made by the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defenses that, instead of wearing conventional mourning for relatives who have died in the service of their country, American women should wear a black band on the left arm with a gilt star on the band for each member of the family who has given his life for the nation.

"The Service Flag displayed from homes, places of business, churches, schools, etc., to indicate the number of members of the family or organizations who are serving in the Armed Forces or who have died from such service. Service flags have a deep Blue Star for each living member in the service and a Gold Star for each member who has died." Thus, the Gold Star and the term Gold Star Mother, as applied to mothers whose sons or daughters died in World War I, were accepted; they have continued to be used in reference to all American military engagements since that time.

Who Is a Gold Star Mother?

Often the question has been asked, "Who is a Gold Star Mother?" During the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each person, man or woman in the Military Service of the United States. As the war progressed and men were killed in combat, others wounded and died of their wounds or disease, there came about the accepted usage of the Gold Star.

This Gold Star was substituted and superimposed upon the blue Star in such a manner as to entirely cover it. The idea of the Gold Star was that the honor and glory accorded the person for his supreme sacrifice in offering for his country, the last full measure of devotion and pride of the family in this sacrifice, rather than the sense of personal loss which would be represented by the mourning symbols...

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The U.S. Vietnam Veterans Memorial issue, designed by Paul Calle, was issued on November 10, 1984. Those lines on the wall are intended to represent the engraved names of the over 58,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country during that conflict

I visited the memorial wall on a trip to Washington DC. It was very moving to see all the names. A number like "58,000" can be abstract and hard to grasp, but seeing the individual names and the sheer scale of the wall brings home the real meaning of those rather abstract numbers.
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Women have served in or with the U.S. Armed Forces since the American Revolution (1775-1783) and today they constitute about 16% of the total force (as of Sept. 30, 2011 there were over 400,000 women in military uniform). This stamp depicting women of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force was issued on September 11, 1952.

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The National Guard is the oldest component of America's armed forces, tracing its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. It has served in every U.S. war and has been called into action numerous times. In addition to its wartime service, the National Guard, with its "citizen soldiers," provides the states and territories with units trained and equipped to protect life and property, most notably during natural disaster.

This stamp honoring the National Guard of the United States (Scott 1017) was issed on February 23, 1953:

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