Post office renamed for fallen soldier

Howard soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2011
Post office renamed for fallen soldier

The U.S. Post Office in De Pere has been renamed for a Green Bay-area soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Officials, friends and family members attended a dedication ceremony Monday at the De Pere building, which was renamed the Cpl. Justin D. Ross Post Office. The 22-year-old from Howard was killed in March 2011 while clearing improvised explosive devices from roads.

The soldier’s father said he hopes people will think about honesty, integrity and courage when they see his son’s name.

President Barack Obama in June signed the bill that renamed the post office. U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble sponsored the bill and says the name change is meant to honor Ross and the four other service members from his district who have died in combat since he took office in 2011.