President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill introduced by Representative Phil Roe that will result in a Johnson City post office being named after Major Homer L. Pease.
Roe’s bill sailed through the House of Representatives unanimously on Nov. 29 and eventually made its way to Trump’s desk. With a government shutdown looming, Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 21.
“I was very pleased to see President Trump sign into law my legislation to name the downtown Johnson City, Tennessee, post office after a true hero, Major Homer L. Pease,” Roe said in a statement. “Major Pease’s tireless service to our nation exemplifies the qualities of a great patriot and he deserves this great honor in recognition of his bravery and love for our country. I want to thank President Trump and the entire Tennessee delegation for making this official recognition a reality.”
Pease’s name will grace the post office located at 530 E. Main Street. Pease enlisted in the Armed Forces at the age of 13 and served as a paratrooper in World War II. Pease joined his fellow soldiers in Normandy on D-Day and received two Purple Hearts before turning 15.
After sustaining his second injury in combat, Pease was sent home to Johnson City, where he attended Science Hill High School. Following his graduation from high school, Pease served in the National Guard for over a decade before returning to active duty in Vietnam.
At the age of 36, Pease became a U.S. Army Ranger and co-led the Army Republic of Vietnam Regiment until he fell on the battlefield on Nov. 19, 1966. Pease received the Silver Star and was posthumously promoted to Major.