Vietnam War

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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 US #3174 was issued at the dedication ceremony of the memorial.
October 18, 1997

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

On October 18, 1997, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) was officially dedicated in Arlington County, Virginia.

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 US #1422 was issued in 1970 to honor our POW/MIAs.
July 18, 1979

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On July 18, 1979, the first National POW/MIA Recognition Day was observed.

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 US #5175 was issued for Kennedy’s 100th birthday in 2017.
May 29, 1917

Happy Birthday John F. Kennedy

The youngest man ever elected President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. 

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 US #949 pictures a reproduction of Sir Luke Fildes’ painting, The Doctor.
May 7, 1847

The American Medical Association

On May 7, 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) was founded, thanks in large part to Nathan Smith Davis.

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 US #1802 was issued on Veteran’s Day in 1979.
January 30, 1968

The Tet Offensive

On January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese Army launched a surprise attack on South Vietnam during the Tet (New Year) holiday truce.

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