WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Obama is expected to sign legislation that would rename an Oxford post office after the late 1st Lt. Donald C. Carwile, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008.
The bill was written by Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss) as a way to honor Carwile’s service and preserve his memory.
“Army First Lieutenant Carwile is a hero. We will never forget his sacrifice to protect our freedoms in this great nation. It is important to honor notable Mississippians who are willing and proud to pay that price. Everyone who passes through the doors of the post office will be reminded of a soldier who loved his country,” said Kelly.
Carwile was killed in action on Aug. 15, 2008, while participating in a combat mission in Afghanistan. It was part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from Lafayette High School and enlisted in the Army in 2006 when he qualified for Officer Candidate School. During his service he earned many awards including the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.
Carwile’s father Dennis said, “I’m really proud. It’s an honor for me and my wife Judy. He’s always going to be our hero. I can’t be more pleased that this has happened. I can’t thank everybody enough that has worked to get this done.”
“I look forward to the President signing this bill so that this building can stand as a reminder of Lieutenant Carwile’s brave service and sacrifice. I’m pleased that his life will be honored in his hometown,” Sen. Thad Cochran said.
The bill was originally passed by the House of Representatives in September and the Senate approved it on Saturday.