Text: H.R.433 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 114-167 (06/13/2016)
[114th Congress Public Law 167]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[[Page 130 STAT. 420]]
Public Law 114-167
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at
523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the ``Specialist Ross
A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office''. <<NOTE: June 13, 2016 - [H.R.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) Ross Andrew McGinnis was born and raised in Knox,
Pennsylvania, the son of Tom and Romayne McGinnis.
(2) Specialist McGinnis joined the Army in 2004 and
following his training, was assigned to 1st Platoon, C Company,
1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
1st Infantry Division.
(3) On December 4, 2006, McGinnis was killed in action while
serving in Iraq. For his actions that day, he was awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush on June
(4) From the official Medal of Honor Army Citation:
(A) Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis, United
States Army. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of
(B) Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis
distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and
intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while
serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st
Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry
Regiment, in connection with combat operations against
an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on
4 December 2006.
(C) That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat
control operations in an effort to reduce and control
sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis
was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a
fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell
through the gunner's hatch into the vehicle. Reacting
quickly, he yelled ``grenade,'' allowing all four
members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast.
Then, rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to
safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to
protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which
he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the
live grenade, pinning it between his body and the
vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.
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(D) Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved
four men from certain serious injury or death. Private
First Class McGinnis' 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
SEC. 2. SPECIALIST ROSS A. MCGINNIS MEMORIAL POST OFFICE.
(a) Designation.--The facility of the United States Postal Service
located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, shall be
known and designated as the ``Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post
(b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document,
paper, or other record of the United States to the facility referred to
in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Specialist
Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office''.
Approved June 13, 2016.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 433:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
May 23, considered and passed House.
May 26, considered and passed Senate.