U.S. # 4822a
2014 47¢: Navy
Medal of Honor: Korean War
Since its introduction in 1861, the Medal of Honor designated for the U.S. Navy has included officers, seamen, marines, and landsmen. During the conflict in Korea, of the 49 men who received the Navy Medal of Honor, 42 were marines.
Often considered naval infantry, the Marine Corps has been part of the Navy since 1775. The Corps is a mobile combined-arms task force with a diverse skill set. Regardless of specialization, every marine is a “rifleman,” trained in infantry combat.
Marines are known for their skills and initiative. They will take charge in combat situations, often at their own peril. In Korea, many marines sacrificed their own lives to save fellow soldiers. Pfc. John D. Kelly (1928-52) was one such marine.
Kelly was a radioman when his platoon was pinned down by enemy fire in May 1952. After requesting permission to leave the radio, Kelly single-handedly neutralized some of the enemy’s key positions. Through a hailstorm of grenades and bullets, he stormed an enemy stronghold and three bunkers, killing at least five of the enemy.
Mortally wounded, John Kelly would not live to see that his heroism “inspired his comrades to sweep on, overrun and secure the objective.”
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).