More than 16-million Americans served in the armed forces during World War II; 464 were singled out to receive the Medal of Honor.
Of that, nearly half died as a result of their heroic actions to receive the honor posthumously.
Only nine recipients are currently alive.
Sadly, Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Vernon McGarity died before the stamps could be issued, as did Nicholas Oresko, who died after the stamps were printed.
Their photographs are still included, as they remain among the last representatives of a remarkable group whose courage and devotion we honor with this issuance.
The U.S. Postal Service is issuing the stamps depicting the Medals of Honor and including photographs of the living recipients on the stamp sheet.
The USPS says its an appropriate way to recognize the living while still paying respect to all 464 recipients whose names are included in the Medal of Honor World War II Forever stamp prestige folio.
The first day of issue dedication ceremony for the World War II Medal of Honor Forever stamps will be Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, 9 a.m. at the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
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