U.S. # 4822a-23a
2014 47¢ Medal of Honor: Korean War
One hundred forty-six Medals of Honor have been awarded to servicemen for their gallant actions in Korea between 1950 and 1953. Of these, the majority fought in the Marines or the Army. Four servicemen honored were in the Air Force.
The Congressional Award was introduced in December 1861 for Navy officers, seamen, landsmen, and marines who “distinguish[ed] themselves by their gallantry.” An Army medal followed soon after in February 1862. The advent of flight in the 20th century led to the Army Air Corps, but the 46 airmen earning the Medal of Honor in WWI, WWII, and Korea were all recognized with Army medals.
It was not until long after the creation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947 that a separate and distinct medal was contemplated to recognize airmen. In 1956, a new medal was authorized and in 1965 its design was approved. Since 1965, 14 airmen have received the distinction.
Sadly, the majority of Medals of Honor are bestowed posthumously. Though gone, these war heroes are not – and will never be – forgotten. Today, the names of all Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War and all other military conflicts are memorialized at the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Following the format of the 2013 World War II Medal of Honor issue, the 2014 stamps honor the 145 recipients of the award from the Korean War. Photos of the last 13 living recipients were pictured on the front of the prestige folio, a new stamp format, with the names of all those rewarded printed in the back. The stamps picture the Army and Navy versions of the Medal of Honor, photographed by Richard Frasier.
Value: 47¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: July 26, 2014
First Day City: Washington, D.C. at the Arlington National Cemetery’s Amphitheater
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Offset printing in prestige folios of 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 11
Quantity Printed: 30,000,000 stamps
The first stamp to feature the Medal of Honor (#2045) was issued in 1983. Beginning in 2013, the U.S.P.S. began issuing stamps honoring Medal of Honor Recipients from World War II (#4822-23), the Korean War (#4822a-23a), and the Vietnam War (#4988a).
Other U.S. issues honoring the Korean War include #2152 (Korean War Veterans), #3187e (from the Celebrate the Century pane), and #3803 (Korean War Veterans Memorial).