H.R. 1284: The "Major Ed W. Freeman Post Office" Designation Act

H.R. 1284

The "Major Ed W. Freeman Post Office" Designation Act

Date
March 16, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 1284 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, March 16, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This resolution was introduced by Representative Gene Taylor (D-MS) on March 3, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1284 would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 West Main Street in McLain, Mississippi, as the "Major Ed W. Freeman Post Office."

Background

Major Ed W. Freeman was a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient from Neely, Mississippi. Major Freeman served in the Korean War, where he received a battlefield commission during the battle of Pork Chop Hill. After the Korean War, Major Freeman became a helicopter pilot and flew more than a dozen rescue missions during the Vietnam War. Major Freeman received the Congressional Medal of Honor in July, 2001, for his "conspicuous gallantry" during his many rescue missions. According to the citation, "Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion." The citation went on to note that Freeman's actions were directly responsible for saving the lives of an estimated 30 seriously wounded American soldiers. Freeman died on August 20, 2008, at the age of 80.