Korean War

1994 29¢ Battle for Leyte Gulf
January 21, 1943

Launch of USS Yorktown

The fourth USS Yorktown was launched on January 21, 1943. During its more than 25 years of service, the Yorktown participated World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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1990 25¢ Dwight D. Eisenhower stamp
November 29, 1952

Eisenhower Visits Korea

On November 29, 1952, president-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower filled a campaign promise to visit Korea.  He had been critical of Harry Truman’s handling of the Korean conflict and promised he would visit and bring an end to the war. 

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2002 37¢ Women in Journalism: Marguerite Higgins stamp
September 3, 1920

Birth of Marguerite Higgins

Marguerite Higgins Hall was born on September 3, 1920, in Hong Kong, China. A war correspondent for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, she was the first woman awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

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2003 37¢ Korean War Veterans Memorial
July 27, 1995

Opening of Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was officially dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. This stamp was issued eight years later and led to a federal court case!

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1955 Armed Forces Reserve stamp
April 23, 1908

Founding of the U.S. Army Reserve

The forerunner of the US Army Reserve was established on April 23, 1908. It was the nation’s first federal reserve – providing fully-trained and prepared troops in times of need. Today, there are over 815,000 reservists across all the military branches.

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 US #2152 was based on a photo of US troops retreating from Chosin Reservoir.
November 27, 1950

Battle of Chosin Reservoir 

On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.

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 US #3142a – from the Classic American Aircraft Sheet
October 26, 1940

First Flight of the P-51 Mustang

On October 26, 1940, the P-51 Mustang completed its first flight.

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 US #4441 – from the Distinguished Sailors issue
October 19, 1901

Birth of Arleigh Burke

US Navy Admiral Arleigh Burke was born on October 19, 1901, in Boulder, Colorado.

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 US #2818 was issued in conjunction with the Seventh National Convention of the Afro-American Postal Leaders United for Success.
September 21, 1866

Buffalo Soldiers 

On September 21, 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry units and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry units (later consolidated as the 24th and 25th Infantry) were formed.  The units were comprised entirely of black soldiers – the first to serve in a peacetime army.  They would come to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

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