Navy

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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1987 25¢ Bicentenary Statehood: North Carolina stamp
January 13, 1865

Second Battle of Fort Fisher

On January 13, 1865, Union forces launched the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. The fort, dubbed the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” was the largest in the South and key to Confederate international trade.

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1937 2¢ Decatur & MacDonough stamp
January 5, 1779

Birth of Stephen Decatur

Stephen Decatur Jr. was born on January 5, 1779, in Sinepuxent, Maryland.  The youngest man in the navy to reach the rank of captain, Decatur was a hero of the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars.

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 1937 4¢ Sampson, Dewey and Schley stamp
December 26, 1837.

Birth of Admiral George Dewey

George Dewey was born in Montpelier, Vermont, on December 26, 1837.  A hero of the Civil War and Spanish-American War, he was the first, and to date only, person promoted to Admiral of the Navy.

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1999 55¢ General William “Billy” Mitchell stamp
December 17, 1925

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

On December 17, 1925, the seven-week court-martial of World War I aviation pioneer Billy Mitchell came to an end.  He was charged for his public criticism of the military in its rejection of the importance of air power.

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2010 44¢ Distinguished Sailors: Doris Miller stamp
November 24, 1943

Death of Dorie Miller

US sailor Dorie Miller died on November 24, 1943, during the Battle of Makin.  He had previously survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, for which he’d earned a Navy Cross.  

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1931 50¢ Arlington Amphitheater
November 11, 1921

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On November 11, 1921, President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  Now the final resting place for three unknown soldiers, it is guarded 24 hours a day by members of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment.

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1946 3¢ US Armed Forces: Veterans of World War II stamp
October 17, 1941

The Kearny Incident 

On October 17, 1941, a US ship was attacked and damaged by the Germans for the first time during World War II.  This quickly led to escalated tensions and the sinking of the first US ship by the end of the month.

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1937 4¢ Army and Navy: Sampson, Dewey and Schley stamp
October 9, 1839

Birth of Winfield Schley

Winfield Scott Schley was born on October 9, 1839, near Frederick, Maryland. He served with distinction in the Civil War and Spanish-American War, most notably claiming victory at the Battle of Santiago.

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