CHATTANOOGA — A Chattanooga man is among World War II Medal of Honor recipients being featured in a new set of Forever stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports a special stamp dedication ceremony is scheduled next week to honor 92-year-old Charles Coolidge, who is among only nine living recipients of the nation’s highest military honor.
The Chattanooga area already has two parks and a highway named after Coolidge, who earned the award for his actions during a four-day battle in 1944 in France.
According to his citation, at one point during the battle, “Coolidge armed himself with a bazooka and advanced to within 25 yards of the tanks. His bazooka failed to function and he threw it aside. Securing all the hand grenades he could carry, he crawled forward and inflicted heavy casualties on the advancing enemy,” then led his other men to do the same.
“When you talk about ‘the greatest generation,’ you couldn’t pick a better model than Charles H. Coolidge,” said Jim Wade, executive director of the National Medal Museum of Military History in Hixson.
“He came through the Depression, saw continuous fighting for two years during the war, came home, rejoined the family business. He had a family and settled on Signal Mountain. He still goes into the office just about every day, and works with his sons.”
The family’s business, Chattanooga Printing and Engraving, has operated for more than a century.
The public can purchase the new “World War II Medal of Honor” Forever stamp series beginning on Monday.