A ceremony dedicating and renaming the Pacific Post Office in honor of Spc. Jeffrey White, Catawissa, who died in the line of duty in 2012 will be held Friday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m.
The renaming comes as a result of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) legislation to designate the facility the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White Jr. Post Office.”
“Spc. White dedicated his life to protecting our great nation,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is my great honor to work to dedicate the Pacific Post Office in memory of Spc. White.”
The entire Missouri delegation in the House of Representatives co-sponsored Luetkemeyer’s bill.
White grew up in Catawissa and graduated from Pacific High School in 2008.
In October 2009, he joined the U.S. Army and graduated from basic training, advanced training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Ark., where he deployed in December 2011 for Afghanistan.
White passed away April 3, 2012, from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his unit in the Khost province of Afghanistan.
White’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Combat and Special Skill Badge; Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge; and the Overseas Service Bar.
Many state officials, White’s family and others are expected to attend the dedication.
Mayor Steve Myers said it’s an honor for the city to be part of honoring Spc. White and his family. He said honoring those who have given everything is something everyone in Pacific should be proud of.
The dedication is open to the public.