With this commemorative stamp issuance, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes the contributions of Japanese American soldiers, some 33,000 altogether, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
For a time, these second-generation Japanese Americans, known as Nisei, were denied the opportunity to fight despite being American citizens. Many were forcibly removed to incarceration camps for fear their loyalty lay with the country of their parents rather than the country in which they were born and raised.
They were, however, eventually formed into what became one of the most distinguished American fighting units of World War II: the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Thousands of other Nisei served as translators, interpreters, and interrogators in the Pacific Theater for the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), nearly a thousand served in the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, and more than 100 Nisei women joined the Women's Army Corp.
The stamp art is based on a photograph of a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose motto was “Go for Broke.” The photograph was taken in 1944 at a railroad station in France. The stamp was printed in the intaglio print method. The color scheme of the stamp is patriotic, and the type runs up the side in a manner suggestive of the vertical style in which Japanese text was traditionally written.
The stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcalá.
The Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of World War II* stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
*The Japanese Americans who served in World War II prefer not to use a hyphenation in the term “Japanese American,” even when it modifies a noun.
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SKUs featured on this page: 480504
|Issue:||Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII Stamp|
|Denomination &||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Type of Issue:|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||June 3, 2021, Los Angeles, CA 90052|
|Art Director:||Antonio Alcalá|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn|
|Manufacturing Process:||Intaglio, Offset|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74 / Phoenix|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||20,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor, Block Tag|
|Colors:||Blue PMS 294, Red PMS 186|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.84 x 1.42 in./ 21.336 x 36.068 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||5.92 x 7.50 in./150.368 x 190.50 mm|
|Press Sheets Size (w x h):||11.84 x 22.5 in./300.736 x 571.500 mm|
|Plate Size:||240 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Number:||“B” followed by two (2) single digits in two corners|
|Front:||Header: Go for Broke Japanese American Soldiers of World War II • Plate number in bottom two corners|
|Back:||©2020 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (480500) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text|
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