Issue Date:5th MAY 2011
On May 5, 2011, in San Diego, California, the Postal Service™ had issued a Purple Heart with Ribbon definitive stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents), in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 114900). With the issuance of the Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® again honors the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the president of the United States to members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action.
The new stamp, designed by Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC, features a photograph taken by Ira Wexler, Braddock Heights, Maryland, of the Purple Heart medal awarded during World War II to 1st Lieutenant Arthur J. Rubin (1917–1978). In 2003, the Postal Service issued its first Purple Heart stamp. It featured a photograph, also taken by Wexler, of a Purple Heart awarded to Lt. Colonel James Loftus Fowler (USMC) in 1968 following an action on the border between North and South Vietnam.The stamp, art directed by William Gicker, Washington, DC.