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Medal of Honor recipient honored with a new "Forever Stamp"

Created: 08/05/2014 9:11 PM
By: Tom Joles, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a new way to honor one of New Mexico's heroes and many other Americans like him.

Tuesday, Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura was honored with a new "Forever Stamp" for his heroism during the Korean War.

With the shutters clicking and cameras rolling, Hiroshi Miyamura unveiled the Korean Medal of Honor "Forever Stamp" in Gallup today.

Veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War, and operation Iraqi Freedom were standing proudly in the Gallup honor guard to honor and support the Gallup native.

Corporal "Hershey" Miyamura is one of only nine New Mexicans to ever receive the Medal of Honor.  

"You just don't see them. And to know him personally and be able to shake his hand it's just awesome," said Randal Henry.

Miyamura's earned the military distinction after providing cover and protection, allowing his men from "Company H" to retreat while their position was overtaken. He is cited for taking out more than 50 enemy soldiers in close combat.

Completely exhausted of all ammunition and wounded, Miyamura was captured. Miyamura was released in august of 1953, after spending two years as a prisoner of war.

In October that same year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower awarded Miyamura with the Medal of Honor.

Tuesday, just as Miyamura always has done. He's thinking of his fellow veterans.

"This stamp isn't just honoring me. It honors all Medal of Honor recipients from all the wars. And it reminds people of their loved ones that served," said Hiroshi Miyamura

Always humbled, but make no mistakes Miyamura's story is one of those military stories that will always be told, especially here in New Mexico.

"His story is what movies are made of. Real movies and some day they probably will," said Henry.

Customers may purchase the Medal of Honor: Korean War Prestige Folio Forever Stamps at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), at Post Offices nationwide, or at ebay.com/stamps.


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