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Bill to rename Owasso Post Office after late T.Sgt. Marshal Roberts passes the House

Today, a bill passed the House to rename the Owasso post office located at 1233 North Cedar Street in Owasso, Okla., after Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts.

T. Sgt. Roberts, from Owasso, was killed in March 2020 while deployed with the Oklahoma Air National Guard to Camp Taji in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. 

 “Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation,” said Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01). “We owe him a debt of gratitude we can never repay. Renaming the Owasso Post Office in his honor will ensure the community he loved and served will always remember his selfless bravery and bring his legacy to future generations.” 

“Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts selflessly served a grateful nation, making the ultimate sacrifice while defending the freedoms and liberties we hold dear as Americans. While we can never do enough to repay his family for their sacrifice, I’m proud to honor Sergeant Roberts by renaming the Owasso Post Office as the Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts United States Post Office,” said Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03). “His legacy, as an Airman, mentor, father, and husband will live with us forever, and I thank him and his family for his service to our great state and country.”

“I am pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to honor the legacy of Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts by renaming his hometown post office in Owasso after him,” said Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04). “Sergeant Roberts fought for and protected our freedoms with extraordinary heroism and valor. Throughout his career, he displayed remarkable courage and made incredible sacrifices that will never be forgotten. This community tribute will ensure his incredible patriotism is remembered and continues to inspire generations of Oklahomans to come, and I was proud to cosponsor the resolution to make it possible alongside our state’s delegation in the House.”

 “T.Sgt. Roberts made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and that is a debt we will never be able to repay,” said Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02). “The Owasso Post Office will stand as a somber reminder of the brave Oklahomans who have given their lives to protect us at home and those who continue to fight for our freedoms. We will never forget T.Sgt. Roberts and I am proud to support this legislation to honor him.”

“It takes a true hero and patriot to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great nation,” Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (OK-05) said. “Renaming Owasso Post office after Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts will ensure his legacy lives on in Oklahoma and serve as a reminder of his bravery and selfless dedication to our country.”

Rep. Hern spoke on the House floor this afternoon in support of the resolution. You can find his remarks here.

Background Information

Bill text for HR 1298 can be found here.

HR 1298 is sponsored by Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) and co-sponsored by Representatives Frank Lucas (OK-03), Tom Cole (OK-04), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), and Stephanie Bice (OK-05). HR 1298 was introduced to the 117th Congress in February 2021 after previously being introduced in the 116th Congress by all members of the delegation. 

The bill still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by the President before the Post Office is renamed.