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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Liz shouse March 4, 2013 at 3:22 am

I have a first day issue stamped Iwo Jima envelope / stamp.
Could you tell me what I could expect to get for it
Mahalo
Li z

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Jen W February 22, 2013 at 4:41 am

My grandfather served in WWII. He was in the second wave of Marines to land on Iwo Jima. 4th Marine Division, 25th Marine Regiment. He survived; as if almost by many miracles. He still hasn’t talked about the entire battle. Just bits and pieces, but from what he has told, I can understand his reluctance..even after 67 years. If anyone has or knows of how to come by any stamps, unused or used (preferably unused), please let me know. I would be interested in buying one or two. For he and I.

Also, does anyone know how I can get his military records for him? He’s sundowning and his memory is fading so it’s hard for him to recall his service number and from the database I found, that is needed for a living serviceman. I have all of his other necessary info (SSN, Dates of Service, etc..). Please email jenny7683@hotmail.com. Thank you!!

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Robert Kennedy May 12, 2013 at 5:15 am

Follow this link and it will tell you how to request yourr Grand fater’s records. http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

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Julie Giakovmis Franco July 11, 2012 at 3:42 am

My Father,Major George K Giakovmis died on Iwo Jima, 1955, when he and his best friend, Capt Shultz flew a C124 on a cargo mission on the 22 November,1955. We were living in Japan at Tachikawa. I am glad to see a commemorative stamp. There are those veterans who continued serving their country after the wars. I had hoped to travel there one day. God Bless all our veterans.

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David Martinez July 7, 2012 at 12:30 am

I have a original iwo jima and others IIWw stamp I live in acapulco, mexico
my mail david_davidmartinez@hotmail.com

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Eric Lee March 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I have a stamp mounted and framed of Iwo Jima. Can anyone tell me what it is worth. It appears to be in very good condition. On the back it has printed
July 11, 1945 and SC929. The date is when it was printed but the other I have no idea what it stands for. Can anyone explain. E-mail me at lubricationsolutions@yahoo.com. Thank you.

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William N Kelly August 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm
William N Kwlly August 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Proof dies vary in size and condition. I am interested in purchasing. Please email me and we can discuss.

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Dario August 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Does any one know how much I can sell the die that was discarded to make the stamp?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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courtney porter September 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

i like your comment

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

HI!!!!!!!

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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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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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