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Hawaii’s beloved and late Senator Daniel Inouye has no doubt made this state proud, and as a recipient of the military’s highest honor, Sen. Inouye has made the entire nation proud as well.
That’s why the U.S. Postal Service dedicated a special set of postage stamps to living Medal of Honor recipients. Unfortunately, Sen. Inouye passed before the issuance of these stamps, along with Vernon McGarity of Tennessee and Nicholas Oresko of New Jersey.
The stamps depict the Medals of Honor and include photographs of the living recipients on the stamp sheet. These men represent a remarkable group whose courage is honored through each stamp. I’m sure collectors around the world will want to get their hands on this set to add that to their ongoing collections.
The stamps will be issued on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2013 with a special ceremony at Washington D.C.’s National World War II Memorial. The ceremony not only honors the issuance but the more than 460 soldiers, sailors and Marines awarded the nation’s highest medal for bravery during World War II.
The story of Sen. Inouye’s heroic acts during the war never ceases to amaze me. While fighting in Italy in 1945, Inouye had skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapons and small arms fire. And after reaching the safety of bunkers, Inouye had been wounded by a sniper’s bullet. That didn’t stop him from fighting on; neither did an exploded grenade that shattered his right arm. His extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit on him, his team and the U.S. Army.