Military

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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1985 8¢ Henry Knox stamp
July 25, 1750

Birth of Henry Knox 

Henry Knox was born on July 25, 1750, in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was George Washington’s right-hand man during the American Revolution and participated in most of the war’s major battles.

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2011 First Battle of Bull Run stamp
July 21, 1861

First Battle of Bull Run

On July 21, 1861, Confederate forces won the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of First Manassas.  It was the first major land battle of the Civil War and the grisly fighting led both sides to realize that the war wouldn’t be won quickly. 

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1995 Republic of Palau stamp
July 18, 1947

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

On July 18, 1947, the United Nations established the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) to be administered by the United States. The TTPI was founded to help these small islands recover in the wake of World War II.

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1998 Woody Guthrie stamp
July 14, 1912

Birth of Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American folk music, writing over 1,000 songs, including his most famous, “This Land is Your Land.”

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1979 15c John Paul Jones stamp
July 6, 1747

Birth of John Paul Jones

Naval commander John Paul Jones was born John Paul on July 6, 1747, in Arbigland, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.  Jones served with distinction during the American Revolution and has been called the Father of the American navy.

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1903 $1 Farragut stamp
July 5, 1801

Birth of David Farragut 

David Glasgow Farragut was born in Campbell’s Station (now Farragut), Tennessee, on July 5, 1801.  A Civil War naval commander, the rank of admiral was created specifically for him.

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1928 Battle of Monmouth stamp
June 28

Battle of Monmouth 

On June 28, 1778, US and British forces clashed at Monmouth Court House, New Jersey. While the battle was inconclusive, it produced one of the war’s most notable legend – Molly Pitcher.

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1995 Okinawa, the Last Big Battle stamp
June 21, 1945

U.S. Captures Okinawa

On June 21, 1945, US troops captured Okinawa from the Japanese.  It was the last major WWII battle in the Pacific and has been called the “typhoon of steel” for the fierce fighting, intense kamikaze attacks, and large number of Allied ships and vehicles that assaulted the island.

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