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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/04/2024 02:59 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/04/2024 02:59 PM
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McClintock Presents Bill Naming Post Office in Modesto in Honor of Corporal Michael D. Anderson Jr.

Washington, DC...Legislation to honor Corporal Michael D. Anderson Jr. passed the United States House of Representatives yesterday. The bill, H.R. 1555, introduced by Rep. McClintock (CA-05), will designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2300 Sylvan Avenue in Modesto, California, as the "Corporal Michael D. Anderson Jr. Post Office Building”.






Corporal Anderson was a native of Modesto, California. After the September 11 terror attacks, he bravely answered his nation’s call to service by enlisting in the Marine Corps. He became a member of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams, or FAST Company. On December 14, 2004, Corporal Anderson was tragically killed in action while clearing a stronghold in Fallujah, Iraq.

While speaking on the House floor in support of the legislation, Rep. McClintock stated that this bill will “honor and remember those among us who gave up everything”.

The bill was unanimously supported by the Modesto City Council, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, the California Congressional Delegation, and the House Committee on Oversight.

The bill next goes to the Senate for approval.

Below are Rep. McClintock’s full remarks in support of the bill.


H.R. 1555 Michael D. Anderson Jr. Post Office

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.
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June 3, 2024

I am proud to present H.R. 1555 for consideration. This measure names the post office in Modesto, California in honor and memory of Corporal Michael D. Anderson, Jr. This bill has the unanimous support of the Modesto City Council, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, the entire California Congressional Delegation, and the House Oversight Committee.

There are those who scoff at post office naming bills like this. Such smug critics simply either do not appreciate or do not understand the sacrifices that these bills recognize and the heroism behind the events that give rise to them. Let me tell you about the young man this bill honors today.

Mike Anderson was a kid who grew up in Modesto – a farm town in California’s Central Valley that has always maintained the values and traditions of middle America and Mike reflected that in every way. He loved skateboarding, snowboarding and motorcycles. He loved tinkering with cars and going camping. But most importantly, he loved his family, his friends and his country. As he graduated from Johansen High School, he could look forward to a long and happy lifetime ahead of him.

But in September of that year, America was attacked. And without hesitation, he stepped forward to defend his country and all that it stands for: the simple freedoms and uniquely American values that produce model towns like Modesto and model citizens like Mike Anderson. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he quickly distinguished himself.

He became a member of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams, or FAST Company, an elite Marine Corps team designed to fight terror around the world. In that capacity, he received a letter of commendation from U.S. Ambassador James Foley for defending the U.S. Embassy during riots directed at it.



In September 2004, Corporal Anderson deployed to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, of the First Marine Expeditionary Force. The Modesto Community rallied around Mike and raised money to ensure that he had the best equipment available including three different sets of protective goggles.



Eleven days before Christmas, on December 14, 2004, Corporal Anderson was leading Marines and Iraqi soldiers in urban clearing operations of the insurgent occupied buildings in the city of Fallujah. He was the first into a stronghold, when he was tragically killed in action. He was twenty-one years old. Corporal Anderson had been scheduled to leave Iraq just a few months later and return to his family where they had already planned a joyous family reunion and vacation.



Corporal Anderson showed tremendous bravery and incredible courage throughout his service and especially that day -- his last day -- in Fallujah. It is reflected in his military decorations: including two Purple Hearts, the Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the “V” attachment for Valor, as well as the Combat Action Ribbon.



What stands out the most in the memories of his comrades in arms was his self-sacrifice and concern for the Marines in his squad. His father remembers, “He was more worried about telling me about one of the guys in his unit first, before telling me about what happened to him. He felt that since he was a squad leader, he had to take care of his men first."



James Michener’s haunting question echoes on such exploits, “Where do we get such men?”



We get them from towns like Modesto, from loving families like the Andersons. Decent young men and women with promising futures who are willing to leave the safety and comfort of hearth and home when their country needs them, and to step into harm’s way to protect their families, their neighbors, their countrymen, and above all, the cause of freedom.



A more important question is, “What would we do without them?”



A few feet from here in the Capitol Rotunda is a fresco called the “Apotheosis of Washington.” It depicts Gen. Washington, in uniform, ascending to the heavens, flanked by victory and freedom, and surrounded by the essence and fruits of a free nation. And in that depiction, Washington beckons.



From little towns like Modesto, California, decent young men and women with happy lives and promising futures like Mike Anderson Jr. have answered his call. I don’t know how their families can bear it.



But I do know what we owe them. And I do know that we can never repay that debt, except to honor their memory and keep their sacrifice always in mind. That’s what bills like this are all about: to honor and remember those among us who gave up everything “To proclaim liberty throughout all the land, and unto all the inhabitants thereof.”



Mr. Speaker, the people of Modesto, California and the family of Corporal Anderson -- his parents, Angie and Michael Sr., as well as his two little sisters, Callie and Allie – and a grateful nation, ask that the post office of his hometown be named to honor and memorialize the life, service, patriotism, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice of Corporal Michael D. Anderson Jr.



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Posted on: 2024-06-04 15:06:23   By: Anonymous
 
Now he’s done 4 bills, 3 about naming post offices

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Posted on: 2024-06-04 15:17:43   By: Anonymous
 
He is totally lame and always has been and continues to be. Like a felon we know.

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    Posted on: 2024-06-04 16:49:23   By: Anonymous
     
    Are you taking about Hindenberg Joe????

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Posted on: 2024-06-04 16:50:30   By: Anonymous
 
I'm still voting for TRUMP!

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    Re: Naming a Post Office building
    Posted on: 2024-06-04 19:43:17   By: Anonymous
     
    I kinda remember Tom not showing much support for the US Postal Service when they were asking for funding a few years back.
    Photo ops for the dotards makes people forget about the lack of GOP support for US infrastructure.

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      Re: Naming a Post Office building
      Posted on: 2024-06-05 07:38:34   By: Anonymous
       
      McFlintlock is as phony as they get.
      Yet you people keep voting him in. Can you explain why???????

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