United States Commemorative Postage Stamp, 50th Anniversary World War II, 1943, Gold Stars Mark War Losses,
Of all the difficult landings in World War II, the battle of Tarawa was very likely the most deadly. For 2 years, the Japanese had heavily fortified the atoll, the site of a small but strategic airstrip. To compound the difficulties of the assault, the landing craft were stopped short of the beach by coral reefs, so the attacking Marines had to wade a quarter mile, under withering fire, through water that sometimes reached up to their necks. After reaching the beach and moving forward by inches during 4 days of fighting, the Marines secured the island, having sacrificed more than a thousand lives and more than twice that many wounded. Almost all of the more than 4,000 Japanese soldiers defended the island to their deaths.
Issued May 31, 1993 in Washington, DC,
First Day of Issue Cover, Artmaster Cachet, Unaddressed,
Cover in Removable Transparent Poly Sleeve and Mailed With Protection,
Made in the USA
Genuine First Day of Stamp Issued Cover Cancelled on the First Day of Issue Date by the U.S. Postal Service,