Vietnam War

2009 44¢ Bob Hope
May 29, 1903

Birth of Bob Hope

Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope was born on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, London, England. Hope was the most honored entertainer in history, but his greatest legacy was the gift of laughter he brought to millions of American service men and women stationed far from home.

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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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2008 42¢ American Journalist: Martha Gellhorn
November 8, 1908

Happy Birthday, Martha Gellhorn

One of the world’s first female war correspondents, Martha Ellis Gellhorn, was born on November 8, 1908, in St. Louis, Missouri.

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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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2002 37¢ Women in Journalism: Ethel L. Payne stamp
August 14, 1911

Birth of Ethel L. Payne

Ethel Lois Payne was born on August 14, 1911, in Chicago, Illinois. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” he was the first black female war correspondent in Vietnam and the first black female commentator on a major radio and television network.

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1999 Vietnam War stamp
August 5, 1964

Operation Pierce Arrow

On August 5, 1964, the US launched Operation Pierce Arrow in response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. The operation marked the start of US air operations over North Vietnam.

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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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1998 Clara Ward stamp
April 21, 1924

Birth of Clara Ward

Gospel singer Clara Mae Ward was born on April 21, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a talented singer who helped push gospel out of churches into nightclubs, which earned her both praise and criticism.

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Philip Habib stamp
February 25, 1920

Happy Birthday, Philip Habib

American diplomat Philip Charles Habib was born on February 25, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York.  He was a respected peace negotiator and special envoy for 30 years and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his life’s work.

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