C274 Great Marine Heroes

Issue Date: May 12, 2008

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On May 12, 2008, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues 10 new stamps paying tribute to Great Marine Heroes of the United States. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress established the Marine Corps. The Marines made their first landing the following year, storming the Bahama Islands during the Revolutionary War. On July 11, 1798, the Marine Corps was reorganized as a separate service within the U.S. Navy. In 1834, Congress gave the president authority to order Marines to duty with the Army. In 1913, the Marine Corps established its aviation section. During World War II, Marines launched the first offensive action against the Japanese at Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942. Usually the first to go into battle, Marines have served in every U.S. war as well as every major U.S. naval action. Today, the Marine Corps stands ready for integrated land-sea-air combat anywhere at any time. Featuring artwork by world renowned artist Howard Koslow, the stamps honor eight legendary Marines and commemorate two of the United States Marine Corps' proudest moments during World War II: the liberation of the Marshall Islands and the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima.


  • Issue: Great Marine Heroes
  • Face Value: 10 x $0.42
  • Issue Date: May 12, 2008
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artist: Howard Koslow
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Vertical
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 10
  • Designs Per Sheet: 10
  • Overall Sheet Size: 194mm x 114mm
  • Size of Stamps: 34mm x 43mm
  • Issue Number: C274
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (10-1) U.S. Liberates Marshall Islands
    (10-2) John Lejeune
    (10-3) Holland Smith
    (10-4) Smedley D. Butler
    (10-5) Daniel J. Daly
    (10-6) Lewis "Chesty" Puller
    (10-7) John Basilone
    (10-8) Alexander Vandegrift
    (10-9) Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
    (10-10) Marines Raising Flag on Iwo Jima
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2008 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 4.20 Great Marine Heroes
    US$ .42 U.S. Liberates Marshall Islands
    US$ .42 John Lejeune
    US$ .42 Holland Smith
    US$ .42 Smedley D. Butler
    US$ .42 Daniel J. Daly
    US$ .42 Lewis "Chesty" Puller
    US$ .42 John Basilone
    US$ .42 Alexander Vandegrift
    US$ .42 Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
    US$ .42 Marines Raising Flag on Iwo Jima

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    Mint Full Sheet None 4660137

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