Foundation Board Members:
|Carlyle Blakeney Pres.
Ron Plunkett V.P.
Barry Evans Sec.
Ben Newton CPA Treas.
Edward Pritchard, Jr., Esq.
WWII Medal of Honor Stamp Arrives on Veterans' Day 2013
The Medal of Honor: World War II Forever® stamp will be introduced on November 11, 2013. It features the nation's highest award for valor in combat. It is presented “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.” In January 2012, the U.S. Postal Service invited the last living recipients of the award from World War II to join in honoring the extraordinary courage of every individual who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war. All the men pictured here agreed to participate in this momentous event. 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.
Historic photos of the men surround two Forever® stamps on the first page of a new type of issuance, the prestige folio. 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 award. The two center pages list the names of all the recipients of the Medal of Honor from World War II. The remaining 18 stamps are found on the back page.
More than 16 million people served with the American armed forces during World War II, but only 464 were chosen to receive the Medal of Honor. The road to receiving this medal is a long one. Each recipient's actions are reviewed by a lengthy chain of command, starting with their superiors and ending with the Secretary of Defense and the President. More than half the men who received the Medal of Honor for their actions during World War II were killed in action.
Pre-orders of stamps and first day covers go on sale November 8, 2013
For those wondering why the Air Force Medal is not included: The United States Air Force was born on July 26, 1947 when President Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. Louis Sebille became the first flier of the now separate AIR FORCE to earn the Medal of Honor. In all, FOUR Air Force officers received Medals of Honor for action in Korea...all of them posthumous awards. (These four men, as had members of the earlier Air Service and Army Air Corps, were awarded Army Medals of Honor.)
National Medal of Honor Museum Brochure
The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is organized as a non-profit educational institution to design, fund, build and maintain the new National Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point. An incorporating Board of Directors has been named; additional board appointments will reflect the national scope and significance of the project. Patriots Point Foundation has established a subsidiary to accept gifts for the National Medal of Honor Museum to ensure that donations will be tax deductible and that donations for the museum will be used exclusively for this project. This brand new brochure details a partial history of the Medal of Honor, Museum Misson Statement, plans and concepts.
Clicking either of these pages will take you to a page where you will be able to view each side of the brochure or download a PDF file you can print.
At our July, 2013 meeting we were honored with a visit from Lieutenant Commander Frank Weisser, nephew of board member Ron Plunkett and his brother, Don. LCDR Weisser flew with the US Navy Blue Angels for three years and flew the Number 5 solo plane in the 2010 Charleston air show. He cruised on USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS John C Stennis and had 3 combat deployments including 35 night missions over Iraq and 36 over Afghanistan.
In this photo, LCDR Weisser presented a signed photo of the Blue Angles from the 2010 Charleston Air Show. Left to right, Ron, Don and Frank.
If you have arrived at this page looking for the documents to order the new "US Navy Chief Petty Officer" license plate, you can view and download them here.
Slide Show from Parris Island VIP Tour, 31 May 2013
with Medal of Honor recipient, General James Livingston
to raise funds for National Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point
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If you prefer, you may also mail your donations to:
Patriots Point Foundation
PO Box 309
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
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