The US Postal Service and nearly a dozen Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients are to dedicate the Limited Edition Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Forever Stamps Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
The event is hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service and is free and open to the public.
“The postal families of more than 600,000 employees salute the 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams. “We stand in awe of the 258 Medal of Honor recipients who distinguished themselves through unfathomable circumstances — especially the six out of 10 who received our nation’s highest recognition of valor posthumously.
Since 1863, our country has awarded the Medal of Honor to 3,493 Americans who heroically responded to such threats. Today, we honor servicemen who in Vietnam reached this highest level of loyalty and valor.”
Scheduled to join Williams in the dedication ceremony are U.S. Army (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch,of Rochester, NY; USA (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Founder & President Jan C. Scruggs; Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation Founder and President Diane Carlson Evans; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund CEO Jim Knotts; and Acting Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks Sean Kennealy
Other Medal of Honor Recipients scheduled to attend include: Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins, (Ret.) of Opelika, AL; Major General Patrick Brady, of New Braunfels, TX; Captain Thomas Kelley, USN (Ret.),of Somerville, MA; Lt. Colonel James Sprayberry, (Ret.), Madison, AL; Sergeant Major Kenneth Stumpf, (Ret.), of Tomah, WI; Ft. Lieutenant Brian Thacker, (Ret.), of Wheaton, MD; Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.), of Madison, AL; and Spec. 4th Class Gary Wetzel, USA (Ret.), of Oak Creek, WI.
“When you talk with any recipient, he’ll tell you that he wears the Medal for those who can’t,” said Jacobs. “In every combat action, there’s a great deal of valor. We hold the Medal in trust for those who came before us and for succeeding warriors. The Postal Service’s Medal of Honor stamps not only recognize the 79 still with us today, but more importantly — the millions who served and sacrificed for our nation.”