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|Friday, 11-Nov-2005 00:00
Distinguished Marines U.S. Postage Stamps!
MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON, Washington DC(Nov. 10, 2005) -- Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service,unveiled the Distinguished Marines commemorative 37-cent U.S. Postage stamps at Marine Barracks Washington on the 230th Birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10. The stamps depict legendary Marines, Daniel Daly, John Basilone, John A. Lejeune and Lewis "Chesty" Puller.
Other participants included the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performing elements of the Barracks' Friday Evening Parade, and Aaron Tippin, country music recording artist.
Another first-day dedication ceremony took place at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.
Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, shake hands at the unveiling of the Distinguished Marines commemorative 37-cent U.S. Postage stamps at Marine Barracks Washington on the 230th Birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10. The stamps depict legendary Marines, Daniel Daly, John Basilone, John A. Lejeune and Lewis "Chesty" Puller. Photo by: Cpl. David Revere
Here's a short bio plus if you check out the link it will give you more detail and further bios. - JHD
Four Distinguished Marines Saluted on U.S. Postage Stamps
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- America was looking for a few good
Marine stamps so the Postal Service delivered four. Available nationwide
today, the 37-cent Distinguished Marines commemorative postage stamps salute
four heroic Marines who served with bravery, distinction and honor during the
20th Century. These legendary Marines include: Gunnery Sergeant John
Basilone; Sergeant Major Daniel J. Daly; Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune,
and Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041105/DCF007-n )
"The United States Postal Service is proud to honor the Marine Corps' 230-
year tradition of excellence in military service to our nation," said
Postmaster General John E. Potter, speaking from the Marines' Barracks in
Washington, DC. "These four legendary Marines are inspirational examples of
the U.S. Marine Corps extraordinary devotion to their proud motto: Semper Fi,"
he added, referring to the Marines' credo taken from the Latin phrase Semper
Fidelis, meaning "always faithful."
Joining Potter at the Washington, DC, ceremony was General Michael W.
Hagee, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, and some of the relatives of the Marines
depicted on the stamps.
"The Puller family is truly honored and pleased with this recognition. He
was a revered Marine as well as a magnificent father," said Martha Puller
Downs, one of Chesty Puller's two daughters. "The light of his life was
mother, us, and the United States Marine Corps, and each of his three children
have sons named for him," she added. "Father was there for us and showed us
much affection. We did not want to let him down, and I do not think the
Marines he served with did either. He was the constant encourager and had
much faith in mankind. He would never give up on anyone."
Puller, one of the most decorated Marines in history, was held in high
esteem by those who served under him. Getting his nickname for his barreled
chest, Puller often ate and slept and showered in the same conditions as his
A First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony also took place at Marine Corps
Base, Camp Pendleton, CA, near San Diego. Joining USPS San Diego District
Manager John E. Platt was Major General Michael Lehnert, commanding general,
Marine Corps Installations West, and Major General Richard Natonski,
commanding general, 1st Marine Division.
The stamps images, based on photographs, also include text identifying
each of the four Marines. The approximate date of each photo and insignia also
appear on each stamp (detailed background information on each Marine
Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone
The John Basilone stamp features a detail of a 1943 photograph of Basilone
and the insignia of the 5th Marine Division. The recipient of the nation's
highest military award, Basilone was recognized during World War II for
holding 3,000 Japanese soldiers at bay for 72 hours during the battle of
Guadalcanal with only 15 men, 12 of whom died. Following this act of heroism,
Basilone was sent back to the U.S. to promote war bonds. Shortly thereafter,
he requested return to his unit to, "be with my boys." He again distinguished
himself by single-handedly destroying an enemy blockhouse and helped guide a
friendly tank out of a minefield during the invasion of Iwo Jima, where he was
killed during a shelling attack, Feb. 19, 1945, at the age of 28. He was
posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.
Sergeant Major Daniel J. Daly
The Daniel J. Daly stamp features a detail from a photograph of Daly taken
around 1919 and the insignia of the 73rd Machine Gun Company, which is a
variation on the Army's 2nd Infantry Division insignia. During World War I,
Daly served as a Marine with the 73rd Machine Gun Company in the 2nd Infantry
Division. Acclaimed by Maj. Gen John A. Lejeune as "the outstanding Marine of
all time," Daly received the Medal of Honor twice for separate acts of
In 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, the defense of the American Embassy
at Peking (now Beijing) was in the hands of a strong but small force of
Marines. On the afternoon of July 13, German soldiers were driven back from
their position on the east end of the wall. When a Marine captain asked for a
volunteer to take up point and provide cover fire while repairs were made to
the fortification, Daly stepped forward and said, "I'm your man."
Daly held his position alone, throughout the night, withstanding repeated
Boxer assaults, an accomplishment that earned him his first Congressional
Medal of Honor.
In 1915, he was a recipient of his second medal when Marines were deployed
to Haiti to protect American lives in the wake of an anti-government uprising.
Daly was part of a night reconnaissance mission with 35 enlisted Marines and
three officers when 400 Haitian bandits fired on them from three sides. The
detachment found better position and fought them off throughout the night. At
daybreak, the three squads of Marines advanced and surprised the enemy,
scattering them in all directions.
Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune
The John A. Lejeune stamp features a detail from a circa 1924 photograph
of Lejeune. The stamp also depicts the insignia of the Army's 2nd Infantry
Division, which Lejeune commanded during World War I. Born in Pointe Coupee,
LA, Lejeune (1867-1942) is best remembered as a wartime commander after being
the first Marine General to command an Army division in combat during World
War I. He is also credited with saving the Marine Corps from budget cuts and
consolidations following World War I and establishing Marine Corps
institutions and traditions. The Marine base located near Jacksonville, NC
bears his name.
Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
The Lewis B. Puller stamp features a photograph of Puller at Koto-ri,
Korea, in 1950, and the insignia of the 1st Marine Division. Nicknamed for his
barrel chest, Puller (1898-1971), born in West Point, VA, was one of the most
famous Marine commanders in Corps history. He was a battalion commander and
regimental commander with the 1st Marine Division during World War II and the
True to himself and the Corps, Puller never was one to mince words.
During the Korean War, when surrounded by more than 100,000 Chinese
soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir, Puller is believed to have said, "They're on
our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us;
they can't get away from us this time."
During his 37-year career, Puller was awarded 14 personal decorations in
combat, five Navy Crosses (the nation's second highest award for valor), one
Army Distinguished Service Cross plus a long list of campaign medals, unit
citation ribbons and other awards. He began his career with the "Horse
Soldiers" in China, then on to four World War II campaigns, the Korean War and
expeditionary service in China, Nicaragua and Haiti.