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GENERAL JOSEPH W. STILWELL
HONORED ON NEW POSTAGE STAMP
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gen. Joseph
W. Stilwell, one of the nation's top military commanders of World War II,
was honored today when the U.S. Postal Service issued a new U.S. postage
stamp at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The 10-cent General
Joseph W. Stilwell stamp is available starting today at Providence post
offices and will be available starting tomorrow at post offices across the
country. The stamp was dedicated at a first day of issue ceremony to help
kick off StampSHOW 2000. The show runs through Aug. 27 and is free and open
to the public.
"The General Joseph W. Stilwell stamp will serve as a
lasting reminder of one of the most dedicated and determined military
commanders in U.S. history," said John F. Walsh, member of the Postal
Service Board of Governors, who dedicated the stamp.
"With this stamp
we also begin a new chapter in the history of stamp collecting by launching
the Distinguished Americans series," he said.
Joining Walsh at the
ceremony were John Easterbrook, Stilwell's grandson; Sen. Jack Reed (RI-D);
Col. Michael Haith, Center for Professional and Military Ethic, U.S.
Military Academy; Brig. Gen. James R. Helmly, U.S. Army; Thomas G. Day,
Postal Service District Manager, Southeast New England District; and Dr.
Peter P. McCann, President, American Philatelic Society.
guests at the event included Nancy Sherburne, Stilwell's granddaughter; Mark
Summers, illustrator of the stamp; John Hotchner, Citizens' Stamp Advisory
Committee; Leonard O'Leary, Postmaster, Providence, R.I.; David Quaide,
Historian Emeritus, Merrill's Marauders Association; and Harold Wolf,
China-Burma-India War Veterans Association.
With the issuance of
the Stilwell stamp and the beginning of the new Distinguished Americans
series, the long-running Great Americans series comes to an end. The new
series is printed using a bicolor, offset, intaglio print combination.
Born in 1883, Stilwell served with distinction in the U.S. Army for 42
years. Nicknamed "Vinegar Joe," in part for his blunt candor, he was known
for his willingness to share the hardships of the common soldier.
1904 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Stilwell served in
World War I as an intelligence officer for the Fourth Army Corps and was
awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his outstanding achievements. He
served three tours of duty in China between the two World Wars and became
fluent in the Chinese language. Stilwell was the military attaché at the
U.S. Embassy in Peking from 1935 to 1939.
Named chief of staff to
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in 1942, Stilwell was the senior American
military commander in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.
After arriving in China in March 1942, he left immediately for the Burma
front to lead the Chinese forces there. When Japan forced the Allied
withdrawal from Burma in May 1942, Stilwell led a group of some 100 soldiers
and civilians on a daring 140-mile march through the Burmese jungle and
safely into India.
In late 1943, Stilwell led two divisions of
Chinese troops he had trained in India, and a U.S. long-range penetration
group known as "Merrill's Marauders," back into northern Burma to retake it
from Japan and to reopen the Burma Road.
Stilwell received his fourth
star on Aug. 1, 1944, the same month Allied troops reclaimed northern Burma.
The Burma Road was officially reopened in January 1945.
considerations led to his recall from command in the China-Burma-India
theater in October 1944. After a brief stint as commander of the Tenth Army
in Okinawa, he returned to the United States.In 1945 Stilwell was awarded
the Legion of Merit and the Oak Leaf cluster of the Distinguished Service
Medal. In 1946 he was appointed commander of the Sixth Army in charge of
Western Defense Command. He died later that year in San Francisco, Calif.
Artist Mark Summers - known for his pen-and-ink "scratchboard" technique -
based his portrait of Stilwell on a black-and-white photograph taken in the
mid-1940s. The photographer is unknown. Summers also illustrated the Claude
Pepper stamp, which will be the second stamp in the Distinguished Americans
series and is scheduled to be issued Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C.
see an image of the Stilwell stamp, or to order it online, go to
www.stampsonline.com. For stamp news and other postal information, go to
www.usps.com and select the link "Postal News."
General Joseph W. Stilwell
Issue: General Joseph W. Stilwell
Item Number: 106600
Denomination & Type of Issue: 10-cent Definitive
Format: Pane of 20 (1
Series: Distinguished Americans
Issue Date & City: August 24,
2000, Providence, RI 02904
Designer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Engraver: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. (BCA)
Summers, Waterdown, Ontario
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Typographer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Modeler: Banknote Corporation
of America, Inc. (BCA)
Manufacturing Process: Offset/Intaglio
Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. (BCA)
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Goebel, 670 - Epikos, 5009
Stamps per Coil/Pane: 20
Quantity: 100 million stamps
Paper Type: Pre-phosphored,Type I
Processed at: BCA, Browns Summit, NC
Offset: Red (PMS 1797), Process Black; Intaglio: Black
Image Area (w x h): 0.69 x 0.80 in. / 17.53 x 20.32 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.84 x 0.99 in. / 21.33 x 25.14 mm
Full Pane Size
(w x h): 5.04 x 4.95 in. / 128.01 x 125.73 mm
Plate Size: 240 stamps per
Plate Numbers: "B" followed by three (3) single digits
Marginal Markings: © USPS 1999 - Plate Position Diagram - Price - Barcode
Catalog Item Number(s): 106620 Block of 4 - $0.40
106630 Block of 10 -
106640 Full Pane - $2.00
106662 First Day Cover (4 stamps) -
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