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U.S. Postage Stamps Commemorate Distinguished American Diplomats
  

U.S. Postage Stamps Commemorate Distinguished American Diplomats

image depicting US postage stamps honoring US diplomats. image courtesy USPS.The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is releasing a series of six commemorative stamps honoring "Distinguished American Diplomats" at the World Philatelic Exhibition at the Washington, DC Convention Center on May 30, 2006. The six diplomats were chosen for their contributions to international relations, not only as negotiators and administrators, but also as trailblazers, shapers of policy, peacemakers, and humanitarians. Read more below, and get additional information from the U.S. Postal Service .

Remarks by Secretary Rice




Hiram Bingham IV stamp.  While serving as a diplomat in France during World War II, Hiram Bingham IV defied official U.S. policy by issuing visas that saved the lives of more than 2,000 Jews and other refugees.  more
Charles Bohlen stamp Charles E. Bohlen, a renowned expert on the Soviet Union, helped to shape foreign policy during World War II and the Cold War. He was present at key wartime meetings with the Soviets, and served as Ambassador in Moscow during the 1950s. more
Philip Habib stamp Philip C. Habib used his diplomatic skills in some of the world's most dangerous flash points. Habib was an authority on Southeast Asia, a peace negotiator in the Middle East, and a special envoy to Central America. more
Robert Murphy stamp. Robert D. Murphy, a skilled troubleshooter, played a key role in facilitating the Allied invasion of North Africa during World War II, and later served as Ambassador to Japan and Under Secretary of State. more
Clifton Wharton stamp Clifton R. Wharton, Sr., the first African American Foreign Service Officer, was also the first African American diplomat to lead an American mission to a European country (Romania). He became an ambassador by rising through the ranks, rather than by political appointment. more
Frances Willis stamp Frances E. Willis was the first female Foreign Service Officer to rise through the ranks to become an ambassador, and the first woman to be named a Career Ambassador. more

  
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