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U.S. House of Representatives Names Jamaica Plain Post Office after Lcpl. Arredondo

November 30, 2010

Rep. Mike Capuano's legislation naming the United States Post Office at 655 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain after fallen Massachusetts hero Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, USMC, passed last night in the House of Representatives.

Lcpl. Arredondo made the supreme sacrifice in August of 2004 in Najaf, Iraq while on his second tour of duty. Lcpl. Arredondo received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat V and the Purple Heart for his actions while serving in Iraq. Lcpl. Arredondo heroically performed the duties of a fire team leader while fighting enemy forces in Najaf. In the battle leading to his death, Lcpl. Arredondo led his fellow Marines through a two story building, working to clear and secure it. His squad gained control of the building after enduring intense enemy fighting. Lcpl. Arredondo was mortally wounded by a sniper as he checked on the security of his fellow Marines.

"This is a small way to honor the memory of Lcpl. Arredondo who sacrificed his life for all of us. He was a dedicated and selfless individual, and my thoughts are with his family, who endured such a tremendous loss," said Congressman Mike Capuano.

The legislation is expected to pass in the Senate and the official naming ceremony for the post office will take place sometime next year.

View video of Mike presenting his statement about this legislation on the House floor

Contact: Alison M. Mills (Rep. Capuano) 617-621-6208