Iwo Jima Postal Stamps

When the public first demanded a stamp commemorating the Flag Raising picture, the US Post Office initially rejected the idea out of hand. “No living person(s) can appear on a US stamp,” they replied. But the public demand was so great that Congress pushed for the stamp. It was issued just five months after the Flag-Raising. On the day of issue, people stood patiently in lines stretching for city blocks on a sweltering July day in 1945 for a chance to buy the beloved stamp. For many years, this was the biggest selling stamp in the history of the US Post Office. (Over 137 million sold.)

A retouched copy of the original photograph. Issued in 1995 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Iwo Jima stamp.

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micah November 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

i juist love these pictures very nice.!.!.!.

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CAPT.JULIAN UGALDE (AIRLINE RET PILOT) January 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I remember this picture at 10 yrs old,a great victory,congratulations.I think we owe all the people who fought the WWII our appreciaton of life,’cause thank to you we are free!. GOD BLESS ALL.

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bill shewdoor February 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

God Bless All The People Who Fought In WWII

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Aiyana February 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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Cpl. Chris Covington February 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Semper Fi! Brothers we wouldnt be where we are today without this having to happen. so ooh- rah marines!

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Susie Q from Texas February 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I agree with an earlier post. God Bless all the men and women who fought in WWII to protect our freedom. And may God continue to bless all our service men and women that serve our country today. And may their families be blessed as well.

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Marlene Karner (Oklahoma) February 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Dear Herb (Karner), Thank you for serving at Iwo Jima & to the other vets serving in WWII. You & others answered the call in your youth. And, for that I am humbly grateful! Herb, you continue to amaze me for all that you continue to do at age 95. Thank you for all your tireless efforts to keep the KARNER family connected with the family newsletters, reunion,ect. Love & God’s blessings to YOU, Marlene

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Keith Eaton March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

Very nicely done and much appreciated

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Tim B. March 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

GOD, guns, and guts made this country GREAT !!!! Lets keep ALL 3.

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Sue March 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

It’s great to be reminded of what has happened in our history of the good ole USA. Not enough people think about it and there our too many here that don’t care. We need to keep it alive and well. More pictures and more stories of how we came to be. Blood,guts, and guns, GOD BLESS AMERICA and TO ALL THE HERO’S WHO DIED AND THE ONES STILL SERVER TO PROTECT HER. They are truly heros

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Horris P. Mctitties May 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

HI!!!!!!!

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Edward August 4, 2010 at 1:43 am

those are great stamps! I’m not a professional, don’t possess any collection, but I like to view such stamps. to me the only value they represent as works of art. used to download the pictures of some really rare examples by http://www.pdfok.com SE. can imagine how much they cost:

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S/Sgt. GW Rosson August 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Where can you buy this stamp now? Thanks
S/Sgt. GW Rosson

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Michael Voto August 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

SSgt,

I have an original sheet, almost mint condition, of these stamps for sale if interested.

Semper Fi,

Michael Voto
Life Member, Marine Corps League

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Larry August 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

We have several stamps of IWO Jima mint condition .Two blockes one of 9 and one of 4 .Both have Numbers .Are you interested in buying them ?

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courtney porter September 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

i like your comment

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S/Sgt. GW Rosson January 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I sure would like to have one of the stamps.I was there in Iwo Jima 1946-1947 as a 1st Sgt.in our company. I have been in a lot of the caves and tunnels. The biggest cave there is the Jap Gen.’s cave. It goes down 76 feet and has five levells. Most all of the caves had dead Japs in them with some meat on them but it was hard and dry. We lost 6820 good men taking the island, I still don’t know why we gave it back to the Japs???????
S/Sgt. GW Rosson

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Dr. Gerard Brooker February 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

Great web site. I’m loving it! Keep it going.
Jerry Brooker

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tim iden February 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

thank you for your service sir. my father served mainly on Guam from 1943-45 with the Navy getting our planes back in the fight. your point is plain spoken and thoughtful. we suffered more then twice the casualties taking Iwo as on 9/11 and yet our govt gave the island right back to the enemy. sad but it always turns out that the honest man fights the war and the politician makes the peace. should go the other way ’round for a change. God Bless.

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Randy Arnott April 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Thank you for your service.My father faught in WWII as a navy pilot.
I am currently going through his old stamp collection.If I should find one e-mail me an address its yours.

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SEJ April 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

My dad just found three of them he had saved from an envelope sent to him, therefore they are cancelled (used). If you would like to have them, send me email and I would be happy to put them in the mail for you (really! :) ). Thank you for your service!

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SEJ April 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Sorry; didn’t realize my email address wouldn’t show. Here it is: sueellenj482@gmail.com

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Samantha June 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

If you have any stamps left, I would love to have them. My grandfather served and WWII items and such me so much to me especially since he passed away last year.

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Thomas W. Miller June 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I have a full sheet(50 stamps) of the 1945 issue. Make an offer.
Iwo Jima Vet (Milleriwopearl@gmail.com)

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Sherye August 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

My son wants a 10×12 picture of the Iwa Jima flag raising for his birthday. Any idea where I can buy a good picture, framed or unframed. I bought one on the internet but it is fuzzy.

I am proud to be an American.

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Richard August 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

I have the original stamp with a larger version plus the 2001 Sept 11 stamp with a larger version framed all together. It’s a collectors edition for $75.00. Missouri

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