Medal of Honor recipients dedicate Vietnam War stamps

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients joined the U.S. Postal Service in dedicating limited edition stamps in a ceremony on Memorial Day.

Nearly a dozen recipients helped dedicate the Limited Edition Medal Honor: Vietnam War Forever Stamps at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.

U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams said in a statement, "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."

More than 3,490 Americans have received the Medal of Honor since 1863. Of those, 258 served in the Vietnam War.

"When you talk with any recipient, he'll tell you that he wears the Medal for those who can't," said retired Col. Jack 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."

Retired Lt. Brian Thacker of Wheaton, Md. was one of the Medal of Honor recipients at the ceremony. Learn more about his military experience in the video below:


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