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6/24/10

Lubbock post office to be named after fallen soldier

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) -  Efforts are underway in Washington to rename a local post office in honor of a fallen Lubbock soldier. House Bill 5565 would name the Monterey station on Gary avenue the "Sergeant Chris Davis Post Office."

Davis graduated from Estacado and served four tours of duty overseas. About a month and a half ago his sister, Margaret, heard that a few post offices in Austin were named after fallen soldiers and she knew it was something she had to do to honor her brother who was killed in Iraq.

Davis, 35, was killed by enemy fire in Baghdad on June 23, 2007. Insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and an improvised explosive device.

Davis graduated from Estacado High School, before enlisting in the army in 1999. He served in the Middle East during four tours of duty in Kuwait, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"It came at a good time yesterday was three years we lost him," said Margaret Davis about the timing of the bill that would name a Lubbock post office after her brother. "It's something we've been working on for not too long and just really excited. We lost him and just feel like he deserves this," said Davis.

Sgt. Davis left behind a large family determined to honor him. Margaret worked with Congressman Randy Neugebauer's office and Thursday he introduced the bill on the house floor.

"One of the reasons I like to do that is I think it's a gentle and subtle reminder that freedom is not free," said Rep. Neugebauer by phone from Washington.

Margaret believes her brother would love what they are doing to honor him. She hopes that when people send letters and ship packages they will remember Chris and other fallen soldiers and those who are still fighting.

"Someone that goes into the Chris Davis Post Office will say ‘I wonder who Chris Davis was?' There will obviously there will be a plaque to commemorate his service," said Rep. Neugebauer.

"We forget fallen heroes and I don't want that with my brother or any other local heroes we have lost," said Davis. "Of course it will make Memorial Day, Father's Day and June 23rd a whole lot easier knowing he has got this."

The Davis family says they will only use this post office once the change is official. There is no date set for when it will become the "Sergeant Chris Davis Post Office," it all depends on the legislative calendar.

So far 19 other Texas lawmakers have co-sponsored the bill. 

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