By Shannon Haney, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor Regional Mail Center personnel supported the USS Missouri Commemorative Forever Stamp Dedication Ceremony June 11.
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LS2 Holland Brown displays the USS Missouri Forever Stamp during the Commemorative Forever Stamp Dedication Ceremony aboard the World War II battleship USS Missouri (BB 43).
Logistics Specialist 1st Class Maria Garcia and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Holland Brown welcomed and ushered guests as they arrived for the ceremony aboard the World War II battleship USS Missouri (BB 43).
“It is such an honor to be a part of a ceremony that unites two significant pieces of history: the USS Missouri and the time-honored United States Postal Service,” said Brown. “It is necessary to commemorate this moment to keep our history and postal traditions alive and I am so happy to be able to represent my shipmates, my command, and my country by doing so.”
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Honored guests and ceremony participants unveil the U.S. Postal Service commemorative forever stamp celebrating the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the battleship USS Missouri (BB 43).
The stamp’s release coincided with the 75th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning on June 11, 1944.
The stamp art depicts Missouri from a low vantage point almost at sea level, cutting through the water at a moderate speed commensurate with entering or leaving port. Large and imposing in the frame, Missouri is shown in the disruptive camouflage she wore from her commissioning until a refit in early 1945. Clouds loom in the background, tinged with gold and rose from the sun’s rays.
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LS2 Holland Brown, left, and LS1 Maria Garcia, right, display the USS Missouri Forever Stamp during the Commemorative Forever Stamp Dedication Ceremony aboard the World War II battleship USS Missouri (BB 43)
The stamp is a tribute to the last American battleship that played such a historic role in World War II and served as the site for Japan’s official surrender on September 2, 1945. During decades of service, the Missouri earned numerous combat awards and citations, which also included deployments during the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned in 1992, the ship now rests as a memorial and museum at the Battleship USS Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.
–photos by Shannon Haney