With the support of the Missouri delegation, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer has reintroduced legislation to designate the U.S. Postal Service building in Pacific as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White Jr. Post Office.”
“It is my great honor to work to dedicate a post office in memory of Spc. White in his hometown,” Luetkemeyer said. “I would like to thank my colleagues in the Missouri delegation for their continued support of this legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to ensure this bill is brought to the floor swiftly.”
U.S. Army Spc. Jeffrey L. White Jr. grew up in Catawissa and attended Pacific High School. He graduated in 2008.
In October 2009, White joined the U.S. Army and graduated from basic training, advanced training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga.
White was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where he deployed in December 2011 for Afghanistan.
White died April 3, 2012, from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his unit in the Khost province of Afghanistan.
White’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge; and the Overseas Service Bar.