Postal Service salutes Korean War Medal of Honor recipient

Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura signs autographs for event attendees.

Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura signs autographs for event attendees.

A crowd of more than 200 people gathered under nearly cloudless skies in front of the Gallup, NM, Post Office last Tuesday morning to join the Postal Service’s salute to Korean War Medal of Honor recipient and Gallup native Hiroshi H. Miyamura in honor of his inclusion as one of the medal recipients pictured on the new Forever stamp sheet.

Wearing the Army Medal of Honor pictured on one of the two stamps (the other depicts the Navy Medal of Honor), Miyamura was emotional as he accepted a framed enlargement and stamp sheet from Gallup Postmaster Thelma Malone.

During his closing remarks at the event, Miyamura recognized the courageous accomplishments and sacrifice of all veterans.

“I would especially like to give recognition to my fellow brothers of all wars,” said Miyamura. “They sacrificed so much, and their families have sacrificed so much during their service to the country. I’m just a representative of this award, and hopefully everyone will recognize and remember our fellow veterans of all the wars. Thank you very much.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Miyamura expressed his heartfelt gratitude for those who attended the event.

“I didn’t expect a turnout like this – especially the veterans. I was overwhelmed to see so many veterans in the audience, and I feel that this is their day also.”

All three Albuquerque network TV stations sent videographers to Gallup to join local journalists covering Tuesday’s moving ceremony. The City of Gallup provided bleacher seating and a canopy for the event, which included several elected officials and presentation of a proclamation from the New Mexico State legislature. After the ceremony, Miyamura stayed for 90 minutes to autograph stamp sheets purchased by attendees. The Gallup Post Office sold over $5,000 worth of the stamps during the event.

Gallup, NM, Postmaster Thelma Malone with Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura.

Gallup, NM, Postmaster Thelma Malone with Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura.

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1 Comment

  1. Jonn

     /  August 14, 2014

    Whoever came up with this stamp idea did an awesome job. I went to last year’s WWII event and it was an unbelievable experience.

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