Obama OKs renaming of post office for Ross

Cpl. Justin Ross (file photo)
Cpl. Justin Ross (file photo)

WASHINGTON - The post office in De Pere will be renamed for a soldier from Howard.

President Barack Obama signed into law a bill to name the post office for Cpl. Justin D. Ross. Ross died in Afghanistan in 2011.

The bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-8th Dist.), says the name change is meant to honor all service members from his district who have died in combat since he took office in 2011.

“Freedom always comes at a cost and many have paid the highest price,” Ribble said in a news release. “These soldiers' service and sacrifice is worthy of far more than any legislation can offer, but taking this moment and this step is one more way for a grateful nation to honor these heroes."

Sgt. Paul Atim, Staff Sgt. Matthew Hermanson, Staff Sgt. Garrick Eppinger Jr. and Staff Sgt. Jordan Bear also died in combat since Ribble took office.