Roe Supports Passage of Bill Naming Johnson City Post Office In Honor of Major Homer L. Pease
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 6621, legislation to rename the post office located at 530 E Main Street, Johnson City, Tennessee, in honor of Major Homer L. Pease:
“I am very pleased to see the House unanimously pass my legislation to name the downtown Johnson City, Tennessee post office after a true hero, Major Homer L. Pease. Major Pease’s tireless service to this nation exemplifies the qualities of a great patriot and he deserves this great honor in recognition of his bravery and love for our country. I want to thank the entire Tennessee delegation for supporting this endeavor, and I am hopeful the Senate will follow suit.”
Background: A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Major Homer L. Pease served the United States during World War II and the Vietnam War. In 1942, Homer Pease enlisted at the age of 13 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he volunteered as a paratrooper. Pease joined his fellow servicemen in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944 and continued to support the Allied Soldiers until he was wounded. His valor was recognized by the presentation of a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Upon recovery, he rejoined his unit at Bertesgarten, Germany, where he was again wounded and received his second Purple Heart at the age of 15. Following his second injury, Pease was sent home to Johnson City where he attended Science Hill High School and graduated in 1950. Pease served in the National Guard for over a decade after his high school graduation, ultimately returning to active military duty. After initially being stationed in Radcliff, Kentucky, his unit, the 37th Armored Regiment, was relocated to Schweinfurt, Germany, in 1961. When his enlistment concluded in 1965, he volunteered and was accepted by the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. As part of his duties, he became a U.S. Army Ranger at the age of 36. Homer Pease arrived in Vietnam on March 14, 1966, where he advised and co-led the Army Republic of Vietnam Regiment. On November 19, 1966, at Ba Tri Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, Pease fell on the battlefield. For the bravery he displayed, he was awarded the Silver Star and received a promotion to Major. For more information about Major Pease, you may visit the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association or the East Tennessee State University website.The legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives on November 29, 2018. Every member of the Tennessee delegation is an original co-sponsor of Congressman Roe’s bipartisan bill. You can read H.R. 6621 here.