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Hometown post office to be named for fallen Fort Lewis soldier

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 24, 2008 at 9:51 am |
April 24, 2008 9:51 am

The post office in Cleveland, Ga., will be named after Army Sgt. Jason Harkins, who was killed in Iraq last March, the Gainesville (Ga.) Times reports.

The paper said the Senate passed a name-change bill Wednesday and now it’s on its way to President Bush for his signature.

Harkins, 25, was one of six soldiers killed May 6 in Baqoubah when a deep-buried bomb exploded beneath their Stryker. They were with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment from Fort Lewis’ 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

I would imagine by now there are probably several other examples of streets, buildings and other places that have been named after Fort Lewis soldiers to be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would be good to compile a list; your help is welcome here.

UPDATE: Gale Poindexter of Tulsa, Okla., reports her son Joel Lewis’s hometown of Barrie, Ontario, has named a one-kilometer stretch of the Trans Canada Trail in his memory. Lewis, 28, died May 6, 2007, in Baqouba.

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