CLERMONT, Ga.—This Thursday, the United States Post Office held a ceremony in Clermont, Ga. to officially rename its local branch the LCPL Zack T. Addington Postal Facility.
Rep. Doug Collins, who introduced the bill to rename the post office in honor of Lance Cpl. Zack Taylor Addington joined the fallen hero’s sisters and brother, community members and other officials at the event. Among them was 94-year-old James Young, who worked tirelessly to help rename the Clermont Post Office for Addington. Young is a former postmaster of that office, and his son returned home from Vietnam safely during the time that Addington lost his life.
“People in Hall County remember Zack Addington as a brave man who died promoting and defending the liberty that we prize so dearly. He fought and became a hero beside his countrymen, and we’ve come together to ensure that his legacy lives on through Clermont’s Zack T. Addington Post Office,” said Collins after the event.
Addington joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967. He became a rifleman in the 3rd Marine Division of the Fleet Marine Force and deployed to Vietnam that year. Addington was promoted to lance corporal and served his country honorably until he was killed in action in May 1968.
President Donald Trump signed Collins’ bill to honor the fallen Marine into law this March.
Addington posthumously received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon in recognition of his service.
Collins also honored Addington when he spoke about the local hero on the House floor earlier this year.
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