TWO AUTOGRAPHS, HAND-SIGNED BY Lt. COMMANDER KOHEI HANAMI - the famed leader of the AMAGIRI, the Japanese destroyer that collided with then Congressman John F Kennedy's PT-109 Boat during World War II. From a letter written by Hanami to JFK on 9/15/1952.
In one of the night's battles in early August 1943, I sighted a bold enemy boat of small size was heading directly toward my destroyer of a larger type. To my great surprise this boat happened to be the PT 109 boat which was under your command.I take this opportunity to pay my profound respect to your daring and courageous action in this battle and also to congratulate you upon your miraculous escape under such circumstances. He asked him for his assistance in locating former Commander Hanami and to pass along these US JFK Stamps to Hanami for his autographs. The Japanese Rotarian was successful but initially Hanami would not saying it was not custom in Japan to sign stamps. Hanami asked him to sign some stamps first, send them to him in Japan and then he would feel it ok to sign on stamps.
Back came a block of four 5-cents JFK Stamps with two sets of hand-signed autographs from Hanami. He signed in both English and Japanese. They are not glued to the paper in its plastic protective sleeve. They are in good condition.
Included in this wonderful set are these items. The four hand- signed stamps by Kohei Hanami in both 2 times in English and 2 times in Japanese. The stamps have President John F Kennedy's face and the perpetual flame for Kennedy with the words And the Glow from the Fire Can Truly Light the World. 1917 John F Kennedy 1963.
A hand-written letter in Ink from the Florida Rotarian to his Son (dated 11/5/1975) in which he tells the full story of his process to find Hanami and to get the stamps autographed. A copy of a Post Card written in Japanese from former Commander Kohei Hanami to the Tokyo Rotary President. The translation is printed in a Letter (item # 4 below). A copy of a letter from the President of the Tokyo, Japan Rotary Club to the original owner of these Signed Stamps that tells of Hanami's that reports his pleasure that the signed stamps were successfully received AND a copy of the Post Card that he received from Hanami and the English translation of what the Post Card says.
Please ask me if you have any questions. The item "JOHN F KENNEDY PT 109 -Lt Commander KOHEI HANAMI HAND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS 4 Stamps" is in sale since Saturday, March 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Military". The seller is "cheerystreet" and is located in Norwalk, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, China, Japan, Australia.