JAVA Proposes U.S. Postage Stamps Featuring Congressional Gold Medal Awardees

By Pacific Citizen Staff
February 3, 2012

In recognition of the recent Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) awarded to the World War II Nisei soldiers, JAVA (Japanese American Veterans Association) is proposing  to the U.S. Postal Service that a commemorative stamp series be issued for WWII military units who have received the Congressional Gold Medal.

The commemorative stamp series would include the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service; Tuskegee Airmen; Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP); and the Navajo Code Talkers. 

In a letter to Chairwoman Jean Picker Firstenberg of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee of the U.S. Postal Service, JAVA President Gerald Yamada further outlined their proposal.

“To save on design costs, JAVA suggests that the design of the Congressional Gold Medals be used for the stamp design for each group. Each CGM design has been vetted by the U.S. Mint and accepted by each group.

Yamada further noted that the stamps could be distributed with all four groups on a single stamp sheet or printed separately for each of the WWII groups.

JAVA’s proposal has already been endorsed by the Japanese American WWII Veterans Stamp Campaign co-chaired by Fusa Takahashi, Chiz Ohira, Aiko King and Wayne Osako.

In a statement they note: “We fully support the commemorative stamp proposal from JAVA that is based upon honoring veterans who have earned the Congressional Gold Medal. This would be a wonderful tribute to American veterans who have clearly made their mark on history. We urge the U.S. Postal Service to continue its tradition of recognizing the contributions of our nation's veterans.”

Supporters of this effort can send letters to: Chairwoman Jean Picker Firstenberg, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee; c/o Stamp Development; U.S. Postal Service; 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300; Washington, D.C. 20260-3501.

A copy of the letter should also be sent to Gerald Yamada, President; JAVA; 10316 Mountington Court; Vienna, VA 22182; or gyamada@goingforwardstrategies.com.

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