Stamp Announcement 21-14: Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII Stamp


On June 3, 2021, in Los Angeles, CA, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 480500). This stamp will go on sale nationwide June 3, 2021, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

With this commemorative stamp issuance, the Postal Service™ recognizes the contributions of Japanese American soldiers, some 33,000 altogether, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. The stamp, made to resemble an engraving, was printed in the intaglio print method. The image is based on a photograph taken in 1944, in France, of a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose motto was “Go for Broke.” The stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcalá.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 480500, Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices may begin ordering the stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design because it will be a temporary station. Use of any image other than the following special pictorial image is prohibited.

Guidelines for Finalizing Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art



To finalize the Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII stamp 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 inch.

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 4 weeks before the event 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 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Go for Broke: Japanese American
Soldiers of WWII Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by October 3, 2021.

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 USA Philatelic catalog and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic catalog online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 3, 2021, Los Angeles, CA 90052

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá


Antonio Alcalá


Antonio Alcalá


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Intaglio, Offset


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Alprinta 74 / Phoenix

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Blue PMS 294, Red PMS 186

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./ 21.336 x 36.068 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 7.50 in./150.368 x 190.50 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

11.84 x 22.5 in./300.736 x 571.500 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by two (2) single digits in two corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: Go for Broke Japanese American Soldiers of World War II • Plate number in bottom two corners


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