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Stamp Announcement 14-32: Medal of Honor: Korean War Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-32: Medal of Honor: Korean War Stamps graphic

On July 26, 2014, in Washington, DC at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Medal of Honor: Korean War (Forever® First-Class Mail priced at 49 cents) stamps, in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) prestige folio of 20 stamps (Item 587400).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 26, 2014.

In January 2012, the U.S. Postal Service invited the last living Korean War Medal of Honor recipients to join in hon­oring the extraordinary courage of every member awarded the medal for their valorous actions during the war. This 4-page prestige folio, Medal of Honor: Korean War, honors those 145 recipients.The first side of the prestige folio high­lights historical photographs of the last living recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Korean War. The 13 photo­graphs surround two Forever stamps. One stamp features a photograph of the Navy version of the Medal of Honor; the other stamp features a photograph of the Army version of the Medal of Honor. The second page includes a short piece of text and a key to the names of the recipients pic­tured in the cover photos. The names of all 145 recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Korean War are listed on page three. The remaining 18 stamps are found on the back page along with a quote describing why the Medal of Honor is awarded, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepid­ity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.” Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the prestige folio and the stamps, working with photographs of the medals by Rich­ard Frasier.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 587400, $9.80 Medal of Honor (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative Prestige Folio of 20 Stamps

The Binghamton, Kansas City, and Dulles Stamp Distri­bution Centers (SDCs) will receive an automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 20 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 1,000 panes. The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane (folded) of 20 ($9.80).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quan­tities for the automatic push distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the AssetManagement SDC webpage at Post Offices may preorder these stamps prior to FDOI through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Medal of Honor: Korean War stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing the Medal of Honor Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Guidelines for Finalizing the Medal of Honor Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Guidelines for Finalizing the Medal of Honor Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art





To finalize the Medal of Honor: Korean War stamps pic­torial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP™ Code of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches verti­cally. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3-1/2 inches by 1.

The Postal Service must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services four weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announce­ment/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Medal of Honor: Korean War
Special Events
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by September 24, 2014.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items post­marked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are nine philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 587406* Press Sheet w/Die cuts, $29.40
(print quantity 1,000).

n 587408* Press Sheets w/o Die cuts, $29.40
(print quantity 1,500).

n 587410* Keepsake w/Digital Color Postmark
(Set of 2), $13.95.

n 587416* First-Day Cover (Set of 2), $1.86.

n 587421* Digital Color Postmark (Set of 2), $3.28.

n 587424* Framed Art, $39.95.

n 587430* Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 587431* Stamped Deck Card, $0.95.

n 587432* Stamped Deck Card w/Digital Color Post­mark, $1.99.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Medal of Honor: Korean War Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Prestige Folio of 20 (2 designs)



Issue Date & City:

July 26, 2014, Washington,
DC 20066


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Richard Frasier, Vienna, VA




Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America/SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Metallic Gold, Gray

Stamp Orientation:


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./24.90 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.5 (8.5 folded) x 17.0 in./190.5 x 431.8 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

17.0 x 22.5 in./431.8 x 571.5 mm

Plate Size:

60 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by 111111 (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


© 2014 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (587400) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text