House Passes Measure to Name Post Office in Memory of Medal of Honor Recipient, Thompson Says

May 24, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 433, to designate the Post Office in Knox, Clarion County as the Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office. McGinnis was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 4,

2006, while serving with the Army in Iraq. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush.

“Our region and nation owe a debt of gratitude to Army Specialist Ross A. McGinnis,” Thompson said.  “As we honor the men and women who have fallen in service to our country on Memorial Day, I am proud that the Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office will soon be designated to serve as a timeless reminder of his bravery and selflessness in service to our country.” added Thompson.

Ross Andrew McGinnis was the son of Mr. Tom and Mrs. Romayne McGinnis of Knox.  He attended Clarion County public schools, was a Boy Scout, and a joined the Army’s delayed entry program upon turning 17.

On Dec. 4, 2006, McGinnis’ platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah.  During the course of the patrol, an insurgent on a nearby rooftop throw a grenade into the vehicle Ross was riding in.  Without hesitation or regard for his own life, McGinnis threw his body on top of the grenade – saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. 

In part, McGinnis’ Medal of Honor citation reads, “his extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”

The legislation must be approved by the U.S. Senate before becoming law.