DAYTON — The United States Postal Service will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid with a special cancellation postmark designed to remember the “80 Brave Men” who were a part of the bold and unprecedented mission. The event is a two-day tribute to be held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Postal Service representatives will be available on Tuesday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to provide the hand postmarking service and the sale of stamps for attendees. The special cancellation must be applied to an envelope, postcard, or other item with First Class postage. The event is free and open to the public.
Acting Dayton Postmaster Barbara Cardoza will present a framed shadow box containing a cachet envelope with the special cancellation, a commemorative coin, and a picture of the original crew of Team #1 to Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, USAF (Ret). Cole is the last living survivor of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid. “The Postal Service is proud to honor this American hero who reminds us all of the sacrifices our military men and women make for this great country,” she said.
For those customers unable to attend the event, the Postal Service provides a mail-back service. Customers can mail pre-stamped envelopes and cards to Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 75th Anniversary Station, Dayton OH 45433-9998 and receive the pictorial postmark. To qualify for this service, mail-in requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the actual pictorial postmark date.
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