U.S. Postal Service honors four sailors
- The U.S. Postal Service has announced its 2010 stamps - all sorts of interesting stamps. Seehttp://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2009/pr09_118.htm?from=home_newsandannounce&page=2010StampProgramfor the announcement with graphics. Of special interest is the set of four "Distinguished Sailors." Also of note is a stamp recognizing the Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur. Another recognizes Bill Mauldin, the popular WWII cartoonist - he and Willie and Joe are on that stamp. Another features Beetle Bailey.You have probably heard that some patriots find it offensive to have the US flag postage stamps cancelled. The image of the flag should not be treated in such a manner. For them and anyone else who cares to make their postal mail envelopes a bit more interesting, the U. S. Postal Service offers plenty of alternatives.You can even create your own U.S. postage stamps with special U. S. Postal Service software, http://www.usps.com/postagesolutions/customizedpostage.htm.Create full-color postage from your digital images. Customize with special text messages and color borders. Available in various denominations.We thank Paul Soltow Jr. President, West Contra Costa Council for the heads up on the the Distinguished Sailors stamps. He writes, "The US Navy commemorative stamps will be unveiled February 4 at 1:00 PM at the California All Veterans War Memorial at Capitol Park. Details are in the attached flyer."Let's have a good Navy League turnout there on the 4th.Phelps________________________________________
With the issuance of the Distinguished Sailors stamps in February 2010, the U.S. Postal Service honors four sailors who served with bravery and distinction during the 20th century: William S. Sims, Arleigh A. Burke, John McCloy, and Doris Miller.
Commander of U.S. naval forces in European waters during World War I, William S. Sims (1858-1936) was an outspoken reformer and innovator who helped shape the Navy into a modern fighting force.
Sims continued to write and lecture about naval reform until his death in 1936, at which time the New York Herald Tribune declared that he had “influenced our naval course more than any man who ever wore the uniform.” The Navy has named three destroyers after Sims. The most recent, USS W. S. Sims (DE-1059), was commissioned in 1970.
The William S. Sims stamp features a detail from a photograph of Sims (1919). Beside the photograph is a depiction of the crest of the destroyer escort USS W. S. Sims (DE-1059), which was commissioned in 1970.
After serving as one of the top destroyer squadron commanders of World War II, Arleigh A. Burke (1901-1996) had an equally distinguished postwar career in which he played a major role in modernizing the Navy and guiding its response to the Cold War.
When Burke died in 1996, he was hailed as a “sailor’s sailor” who defined what it meant to be a naval officer: “relentless in combat, resourceful in command, and revered by his crews.”
The Arleigh A. Burke stamp features a detail from a photograph of Burke (1951). Beside the photograph is a depiction of the crest of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), which was commissioned in 1991.
Described by a shipmate as “like a bull” who couldn’t be stopped, John McCloy (1876-1945) has the distinction of being one of the few men in the nation’s history to earn two Medals of Honor for separate acts of heroism.
McCloy retired from active duty in 1928 after a thirty-year career in the Navy and “a lifetime of service on all the seven seas,” as the Kansas City Star put it. His service record notes that in 1942 he was advanced on the retired list to lieutenant commander after being “specially commended by the Secretary of the Navy for performance of duty in actual combat.” McCloy died in 1945. In 1963, the Navy commissioned a destroyer escort, USS McCloy (DE-1038), which was named in his honor.
The John McCloy stamp features a detail from a photograph of McCloy (circa 1920). Beside the photograph is a depiction of the crest of the destroyer escort, USS McCloy (DE-1038), which was commissioned in 1963.
The first African American hero of World War II, Doris Miller (1919-1943) became an inspiration to generations of Americans for his actions at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Although he was only the first of a number of African Americans to be recognized for their heroism in World War II, Miller is singularly remembered for providing inspiration to a campaign for equal recognition and opportunity for Blacks in the military, a campaign that bore fruit in 1948 when President Truman ordered “that there shall be equality and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces.”
The Doris Miller stamp features a detail from a photograph of Miller (1942). Beside the photograph is a depiction of the crest of the destroyer escort USS Miller (DE-1091), which was commissioned in 1973.
____________________________________----- Original Message -----From: Paul Soltow Jr.Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 10:57 PMSubject: Re: [PCR-NLUS] Fw: infoPhelps: I don't know if I copied you on the US Navy commemorative stamps to be unveiled Feb. 4 at 1:00 PM at the California All Veterans War Memorial at Capitol Park. Details are in the attached flyer.Paul
- Just a reminder of this special event Thursday, February 4. I also included the Veterans Services Newsletter - worth examining.
Vice President, Veteran Affairs
Pacific Central Region, Pacific Southwest Region, NLUS
With the issuance of the Distinguished Sailors stamps, the U.S. Postal Service honors four Sailors who served with bravery and distinction during the 20th century: William S. Sims, Arleigh A. Burke, John McCloy, and Doris Miller.
The stamp unveiling will be held at the CALIFORNIAS ALL VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL, 13TH & N Street Capitol Park on FEBRUARY 4, 2010 at 1:00PM
----- Original Message -----
From: News For Veterans
To: News For Veterans
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 10:28 AM
Subject: Veterans Services Newsletter Feb 10
Jaime A. Arteaga
Legislation and Public Affairs
CA Department of Veterans Affairs
Navy Leaguers were present at the unveiling ceremony this afternoon within the California Department of Veteran Affairs' Medal of Honor Hall. In fact, Captain Barton Buechner, USN (Ret) was involved. He is Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Home, Yountville and a member of the Napa Valley Council. He spoke on two occasions, general remarks on the Navy and its core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Then prior to the unveiling of Admiral William S. Sims, WWI hero, he read a short bio of the Admiral.
The stamps are now available at your Post Office. Attractive first day covers - one for each stamp - are available at the Royal Oaks Post Office Sacramento.
It was a nice affair, color guard, music, and the opportunity to buy stamps and the first day covers afterwards.
--- In PCR-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Phelps Hobart" <nlsac@...> wrote:
The U.S. Postal Service has announced its 2010 stamps - all sorts of interesting stamps. See
for the announcement with graphics. Of special interest is the set of four "Distinguished Sailors." ...