USPS dedicates stamps to Medal of Honor recipients

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WASHINGTON D.C. —  Nearly a dozen Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients helped with the dedication of Limited Edition Medal of Honor Vietnam War Forever Stamps Monday.

The ceremony took place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

“The postal families of more than 600,000 employees salute the 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams. “We stand in awe of the 258 Medal of Honor recipients who distinguished themselves through unfathomable circumstances.”

Medal of Honor recipients who attended the ceremony included: Gary Beikirch of Rochester, NY; Colonel Jack Jacobs; Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins of Opelika, AL; Major General Patrick Brady of New Braunfels, TX; Captain Thomas Kelley of Somerville, MA; Lt. Colonel James Sprayberry of Madison, AL; Sergeant Major Kenneth Stumpf of Tomah, WI; Ft. Lieutenant USA Brian Thacker of Wheaton, MD; Colonel Leo Thorsness of Madison, AL; and Spec. 4th Class Gary Wetzel of Oak Creek, WI.

“When you talk with any recipient, he’ll tell you that he wears the Medal for those who can’t,” said Jacobs. “In every combat action, there’s a great deal of valor. We hold the Medal in trust for those who came before us and for succeeding warriors. The Postal Service’s Medal of Honor stamps not only recognize the 79 still with us today, but more importantly — the millions who served and sacrificed for our nation.”

Stamp sheet with photos of the 24 living recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War
Stamp sheet with photos of the 24 living recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War

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