Navy

1901 Fast Ocean Navigation stamp
April 10, 1895

Launch of the SS Saint Paul

The SS Saint Paul was launched on April 10, 1895. It was the first commercial ship commissioned for the Spanish-American War and later served during World War I.

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 US #5020 was issued for Newman’s 90th birthday.
January 26, 1925

Happy Birthday Paul Newman

Actor, director, race car driver, and philanthropist Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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 US #791 honors Macdonough and his ship Saratoga. It also honors Stephen Decatur and his ship United States.
December 31, 1783

Birth of Thomas Macdonough

Thomas Macdonough (born McDonough) Jr. was born on December 31, 1783, in New Castle County, Delaware.  The town in which he was born was later named McDonough in his honor. 

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 US #951 was issued for the Constitution’s 150th anniversary.
December 29, 1812

Another Victory for Old Ironsides 

On December 29, 1812, the USS Constitution scored another American victory at sea in the War of 1812.

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 US #2585 was one of five Santa stamps issued in 1991.
December 24, 1955

NORAD Tracks Santa

On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time. 

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 US #2045 – The Navy’s Medal of Honor is pictured on the far-right of this stamp.
December 21, 1861

The Navy Medal of Honor

On December 21, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Navy’s Medal of Honor, the first authorized Medal of Honor in the United States. 

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 US #940 honors all those who served in WWII and pictures the Honorable Discharge emblem.
November 29, 1944

Honorable Discharge 

On November 29, 1944, the War Department officially adopted the honorable discharge emblem.

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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 #3964 – from the Distinguished Marines Issue
November 11, 1873

Birth of Daniel J. Daly 

US Marine Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly was born on November 11, 1873, in Glen Cove, New York. 

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