US 1937 Navy Issue ; Stephen Decatur, Thomas MacDonough 2c. Scott. 791

US 1937 Navy Issue ; Stephen Decatur, Thomas MacDonough 2c. Scott. 791

Series: Navy Issue

Stamp details: Stephen Decatur and Thomas MacDonough

Issued date: 15-01-1937 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 2c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 791
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 787
Michel (Germany): 396
Yvert et Tellier (France): 354

Dimensions (height x width):
25mm x 40mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Rotary Press

Stamp Colors: Carmine
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10

Themes: Famous People, Sailing Ships, Ships, Navigators

Total print: 92,054,550 (estimate)

Description:- Stephen Decatur Jr. (1779-1820) was an American naval officer and commodore. He was born on the eastern shore of Maryland in Worcester County. His father, Stephen Decatur Sr., was a commodore in the United States Navy who served during the American Revolution; he brought the younger Stephen into the world of ships and sailing early on. Shortly after attending college, Decatur followed in his father's footsteps and joined the U.S. Navy at the age of nineteen as a midshipman.

Thomas Macdonough, Jr. (1783-1825) was an early-19th-century Irish-American naval officer noted for his roles in the first Barbary War and the War of 1812. He was the son of a revolutionary officer, Thomas Macdonough, Sr. who lived near Middletown, Delaware. He was the sixth child from a family of ten siblings and was raised in the countryside. He entered naval life at an early age, receiving a midshipman's commission at the age of sixteen. Serving with Stephen Decatur at Tripoli, he was a member of "Preble's Boys", a select group of U.S. naval officers who served under the command of Commodore Preble during the First Barbary War. Macdonough achieved fame during the War of 1812, commanding the American naval forces that defeated the British navy at the Battle of Lake Champlain, part of the larger Battle of Plattsburgh, which helped lead to an end to that war.