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Bill to name post office after Texas soldier passes House

BURLESON, Texas — The U.S. post office facility in Burleson will likely soon have a new name, after a vote Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives. House members voted unanimously to name the post office in honor of Army Sgt. William Moody of Burleson, killed in action in Afghanistan in June.

The measure now awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate and, if it passes there, will go to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. When the Senate passes the measure and the president signs it, the post office at 232 S.W. Johnson Ave., in existence since 1981, will become the Sgt. William Moody Post Office Building.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, announced the legislation, H.R. 3060, with a press conference Aug. 5 in front of the Burleson post office. That same day, the Burleson City Council approved a resolution in favor of renaming the facility to honor Moody.

Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter said this week city officials are “thrilled Burleson’s post office will be renamed in honor of Sgt. Moody. He has brought great honor to our community and his story of courage and sacrifice should never be forgotten.

“I am proud for his family and appreciate that Congressman Williams made this a priority.”

In remarks made on the House floor leading up to the vote, Williams thanked the city of Burleson and praised the leadership of Shetter and the Burleson City Council. And he called the House vote “a huge victory in our joint efforts to pay tribute to Sgt. Moody’s service and sacrifice.”

“It will be one of the greatest honors of my life to support this bill, along with hundreds of my colleagues in Congress,” Williams said.

Moody had already served a stint in the U.S. Marines when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2008. He was deployed twice to Iraq as a Marine and was on his third tour to Afghanistan as an Army soldier when he died — less than three months before he was scheduled to come home. Moody and four other soldiers were killed June 18 when Taliban insurgents fired rockets at Bagram Air Base where they were stationed.

Moody’s death was especially poignant for Burleson city staffers and members of the Burleson Fire Department, even though they had never met him in person. Moody had been corresponding with staffers, including Fire Chief Gary Wisdom, to arrange for Moody to ride on a fire truck with a police escort to his children’s school as a surprise for his homecoming.

Moody, a graduate of Burleson High School, was 30 years old when he died, and was assigned to the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. He is survived by his wife, Lacy, and their three children. Moody’s decorations included a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, among others.

Williams, during his remarks on the House floor before the vote Monday, said that the Sgt. William Moody Post Office Building will “serve as a memorial for his wife and three children to cherish” and that it will also “honor all of our nation’s veterans and stand as a remind of the true price of our freedom.”

“The War on Terror is far from over,” Williams said. “There are countless attempts by hostile groups to bring us harm and destruction. That’s why it is important to recognize the memory of our nation’s heroes. In the words of Ronald Reagan, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for and defended by each generation.’

“I hope that future generations will be inspired to live and serve like Sgt. William Moody. He fought with courage, served with integrity and will be remembered forever.”
 

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