Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Prestige Folio

Forever 55¢


Issue Date: 5/25/2015

The 1st and 4th pages of this four-page folio display photographs of the 48 living recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War.

Set of 1 $13.20

The Medal of Honor is our nation’s most prestigious military decoration. It is awarded by the President of the United States on behalf of Congress to members of the armed services who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States. In October 2014, the U.S. Postal Service® invited the surviving Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients to be part of an issuance intended to honor all individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their valorous actions during the Vietnam War.

The first and fourth pages of this four-page prestige folio display photographs of the 48 living recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War who agreed to be part of this issuance. The photographs on each of these pages surround a group of 12 Forever® stamps (24 total), consisting of three different designs, one for each version of the Medal of Honor: that of the Army, the Navy (also presented to members of the Marine Corps), and the Air Force. Page two contains a short text and a key to the individuals pictured. Page three features an alphabetical listing of those individuals who agreed to be included and of the deceased Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War was a protracted conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, beginning in the mid-1950s and ending with the fall of Saigon in the south in 1975. The first U.S. combat troops were committed to the defense of South Vietnam in March 1965, although American military advisers had been involved in South Vietnam since the 1950s. Several million Americans served on active duty in Vietnam until March 1973, when U.S. troops were withdrawn from the country. More than 58,000 Americans died as a result of the war.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the prestige folio and the stamps, working with photographs of the medals by Richard Frasier.

Made in the USA

Issue Date: May 25, 2015

SKUs featured on this page: 589704

Issue:Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Stamps
Item Number:589700
Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
Format:Prestige Folio of 24 (3 designs)
Issue Date & City:May 25, 2015, Washington DC 20066
Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Photographer:Richard Frasier, Vienna, VA
Modeler:Donald Woo
Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
Printer:Banknote Corporation of America/SSP
Printed at:Browns Summit, NC
Press Type:Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane:24
Print Quantity:30 million stamps
Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Metallic Gold, Gray
Stamp Orientation:Vertical
Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h):0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h):7.5 x 17.0 in./7.5 x 8.5 mm (folded)
Press Sheets Size (w x h):22.5 x 17.00 in./ 571.50 x 431.80 mm
Plate Size:72 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers:“S” followed by six (6) single digits
Marginal Markings:© 2015 USPS • Plate position diagram • Barcode (589700) • Promotional text

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