The 5-cent stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the US Marine Corps Reserve was first placed on sale in Washington, DC, on August 29, 1966.
Designed by Ms. Stella Grafakos of New York City, it portrays a World War I marine, a World War II flyer, a frogman, and 1960-era combat marine. A fifth marine, in colonial uniform, stands at the rear of the procession, symbolizing the formation of the US Marines in 1775.
The stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty. An initial printing of 117 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (August 11, 1966).