On Aug. 21, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill renaming the Mastic post office in honor U.S. Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth, a William Floyd High School graduate and Mastic native who died in the line of duty in Iraq.

The bill to rename the post office was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Wilwerth participated in the Junior ROTC program while at William Floyd High School and enlisted in the Army Reserve his junior year at just 17 years old.

Deployed to Iraq in December 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wilwerth and two other service members died on Feb. 22, 2006 when an explosive device detonatednear their Bradley fighting vehicle while on morning patrol near Balad, Iraq.

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“I wish there were more people who possessed such a profound sense of patriotism. Even fewer answer the call at just the age of 17, who sacrifice their entire lives and their entire future to serve in the U.S. military,” Zeldin said. “Specialist Wilwerth was the best of who we are. He was the embodiment of what makes this country the greatest in the world — the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our exceptional nation; for his neighbors, for his community but most courageously for those Americans he never knew.”

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