National Geographic : 1975 Apr
How 4 men of peace helped save hundreds ofmen at war The date was February 3,1943. The S.S. Dorchester, an old troopship, plowed through the frozen waters of the North Atlantic. Suddenly, there was a thunderous roar. An enemy torpedo had ----- hit its mark. Waves of water poured into the shattered hull. As the ship began to sink, frightened men raced to the deck in wild confusion. In a heroic attempt to save lives, four Army chaplains-two ministers, a priest and a rabbi, passed out life jackets and helped men into lifeboats. With the boats full and every last jacket gone, each chaplain re moved his own precious jacket and gave it to another man. Later, as the ship sank, men in the lifeboats could see the four chaplains, linked arm in arm, their voices raised in prayer. This unforgettable story was put on a stamp. It's just one of the fascinating things you'll read about when you buy the new 1975 Stamps & Stories. The Great Mosquito War. Take the story of how the Panama Canal was built. Did you know that before our men could begin to cut it out of the earth they Shad to fight a war? It A was against mosquitoes! 25w A w NN A iThe deadly carriers of yellow fever and malaria. It took 3 gruelling years of burning swamps before the dangerous pests could be brought under control. The Topsy-Turvy Flags. Then there's the strange story of the upside-down flags stamp. Issued in 1869, it wasn't until the 1930s that a NewYork stamp dealer visiting Portland, Oregon, finally discovered the topsy-turvy flags. Today,it's worth $37,500. Stamps & Stories brings to life the fun of stamp collecting through America's history. With many hints on how to start your own collection. And with full color reproductions of every American stamp ever printed, plus the up-to-date value of each stamp. You can buy Stamps & Stories for $2.00 at almost any Post Office. A small price to pay for hours and hours of adventure and excitement. Stamp Collecting. For the fun of it. Your Pstal ervice C1975, U.S. Postal Service.