1936-37 5¢ West Point
U.S. Army Heroes
Issue Date: May 26, 1937
First City: West Point, New York
Quantity Issued: 36,839,250
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 11x10 ½
U.S. #789 was issued as part of a set of stamps honoring U.S. Army and Navy heroes. It is one of two stamps (along with the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland) not featuring a military commander in the group. Founded by an act of Congress in 1802, the United States Military Academy is located in West Point, NY, on the bank of the Hudson River.
West Point – Target of Treason
This 5¢ denomination of the 1936-37 Commemoratives showcases a fort built during the American Revolution by the Colonial Army. It was a key defense design to prevent British warships from sailing up the Hudson River and into New York’s interior. The fort was originally named after its first commander – Benedict Arnold. When Arnold switched his allegiance to the British, he offered to turn West Point over to the enemy. The capture of his British contact, Major John Andre, prevented the completion of the treachery, but Arnold fled to safety with the British Army. The fort later became the home of a U.S. military academy.