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Gazette Premium Content Colorado World War II hero part of stamp release

By Tom Roeder Published: November 5, 2013

A Colorado Medal of Honor recipient will be among the World War II heroes honored with a series of postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that Army Pvt. George Sakato of Denver - one of nine living recipients from WWII - will be depicted in the materials included with a stamp released on Veterans Day. Sakato, 92, served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit formed from Americans of Japanese descent, many of whom had been held in detention camps during the war.

Sakato earned the medal, the nation's highest award for battlefield gallantry, in 1944 when he led an assault on a German position in France. He repeatedly braved enemy fire in a battle that saw him kill 12 of the enemy, according to his medal citation.

"Private Sakato's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army," his citation says.

His medal was issued in 2000.

A California native, Sakato settled in Denver after the war and worked for the Postal Service.

A video about him can be seen at http://vimeo.com/70776945.

The stamps will be unveiled at a ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"The Postal Service is issuing the stamps depicting the Medals of Honor and including photographs of the living recipients on the stamp sheet as an appropriate way to recognize the living while still paying respect to all 464 recipients whose names are included in the Medal of Honor World War II Forever stamp prestige folio," the Postal Service said in a news release.

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