Purple Heart Stamps Tell Personal Stories

2003 stamp

The U.S. Postal Service issued its first Purple Heart stamp in 2003. That stamp featured a photograph, taken by Ira Wexler, of a Purple Heart awarded to Lt. Col. James Loftus Fowler (USMC) in 1968 following an action on the border between North and South Vietnam.

The 2012 Purple Heart Medal Forever® stamp features a photograph also taken by Wexler of the decoration awarded during World War II to 1st Lt. Arthur J. Rubin (1917–1978).

Rubin, a native of the Bronx, New York, began his military service with the U.S. Army in May 1943. Injured twice in July 1944 during military operations in the Normandy region of France, Rubin was awarded a Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart. On July 8, 1944, for gallantry in action during a fierce German counter-attack, he received a Silver Star. In February 1946, Rubin returned to civilian life. Upon his death in December 1978, Rubin was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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