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Friday, December 16, 2016
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Isakson, Perdue Applaud Renaming of Marietta Post Office for Fallen Local Marine
President signs bill naming post office for Marietta native Marine Lance Corporal Squire K. ‘Skip’ Wells
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today applauded the president’s signing of legislation designating the United States Postal Service located at 2886 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, Ga., as the “Marine Lance Corporal Squire ‘Skip’ Wells Post Office Building.”
“It is gratifying to have signed into law this honor for a true hero from my own hometown,” said Senator Isakson, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “The book of John, Chapter 15, verse 13 reads: ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Skip Wells laid down his life for all the people of the United States of America, for his family and his friends. As we did at that time, we continue to ask God to bless and bring mercy to his family and friends.”
“The legacy left by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Skip Wells is one of the highest level of bravery,” said Senator Perdue. “This hero’s willingness to answer the call of duty will never be lost on the people of Georgia and our country. I join all Georgians in commemorating the life of Skip Wells and lifting his family and friends up in prayer.”
On July 16, 2015, Marine Lance Corporal Squire K. “Skip” Wells was one of five service members murdered in a terrorist attack at the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Wells was a 2012 graduate of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Ga., located approximately one mile from the U.S. postal office that will now bear his name following the enactment of H.R.5612.
Following high school graduation, Wells studied history at Georgia Southern University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2014. His family has a long tradition of military service and Marine Lance Corporal Wells felt called to defend his country.
The entire Georgia Congressional delegation co-sponsored this legislation, and Senators Isakson and Perdue worked to ensure its passage in the Senate on Dec. 10, 2016.