GENERAL LOUIS H. WILSON JR. - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 343625
Sale Price $126.00
LOUIS H. WILSON
The Marine Corps commandant signs this First Day Cover changing the postal rate
First day cover signed: "Louis H Wilson/general U.S. Marine Corps/26th Commandant" in black felt. 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the 11c Regular Postage Rate, postmarked Washington, District of Columbia, June 15, 1961. 11c stamp affixed. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr. (1920-2005) was the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1975 until his retirement in 1979. Upon his retirement, Wilson was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster), one of many honors he would receive for his service over his career, which spanned WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Wilson received the Medal of Honor for leading Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines at the battle of Guam (July 25-26, 1944), defeating a superior enemy force. Later, he would receive the Legion of Merit and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star for his service in Vietnam. Toned. Corners rounded. Lightly creased throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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