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Oxford Post Office Renamed....

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  1. rebel4ever

    rebel4ever I'll Play Dixie If I Want To MSGO Supporter



    Oxford post office renamed for soldier killed in action

    BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG alyssa. schnugg@ oxfordeagle. com

    Although it’s been the better part of a decade since U. S. Army 1st Lt. Donald C.

    Carwile was killed in Afghanistan, those who knew him — and many who never met him — are still working hard to make sure Oxford and Lafayette County forever remember him.

    Local firefighters, police officer s, veter-ans and government officials joined with Carwile’s family and friends Friday behind the U. S. Post Office on McElroy Drive for a dedication ceremony that officially changed the name of the post office to the Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building.



    Avery Carwile, from left, Reese Carwile, Judy Carwile, and Dennis Carwile, along with U. S. Representative Trent Kelly, unveil a marker during the dedication of the Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building in Oxford on Friday.


    Oxford police chief Joey East, left, presents Dennis Carwile a U. S. flag during the dedication of the Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Car wile Post Office Build-ing on Friday.


    CARWILE: Local solider was killed in combat while fighting in Afghanistan


    Oxford resident and U.S. Marine war veteran Gene Hays contacted U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss) last year about sponsoring a bill to rename the post office. Kelly, who attended Friday’s ceremony, said he was honored to sponsor such a bill that passed the House and Senate and was signed by Pres. Barack Obama in December of 2016. Kelly mostly addressed Carwile’s two daughters, Elizabeth Reese and Avery Claire when he spoke Friday.

    “Your father had a warrior’s heart and a server’s heart,” Kelly said. “Some people have a warrior’s heart, some have a server’s heart. It’s very rare to find someone who has both.”

    Re-enlisted in 2006

    An Oxford native, Carwile was originally an infantry officer who joined the U.S. Army in 2003 shortly after graduating from Lafayette High School. He then left the army to pursue a career in law enforcement, working as a patrol officer with both the Batesville and Oxford Police Departments. In 2006, Carwile re-enlisted in the Army, this time qualifying as a member of the Officer Candidate School.

    During his deployment to Afghanistan during Operating Enduring Freedom, Carwile was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. It was during his deployment, on Aug. 15, 2008, when

    he was killed in action after his vehicle was first struck by an improvised explosive device and later came under attack from insurgent smallarms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Wardak Province.

    Carwile was 29 years old when he was killed. He left behind his wife, Jennifer and their two young girls, who are now 14 and 11 years old.

    Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson and Jeff Busby, president of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors both spoke of Carwile’s service to his hometown, his family and country.

    “We are humbled by his devotion to his country,” Busby said. “This post office will now stand as a constant reminder of his sacrifices for this community and this country.”

    Monica Minor, marketing manager for the U.S. Postal Service presented the family with the plaque that will hang in the post office.

    Carwile’s father, Dennis Carwile thanked Hays and Kelly for their efforts in renaming the post office. Through tears, he quoted Mathew 5:9 — “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”

    “Donnie was where he wanted to be, serving his country when this tragedy struck this family,” Carwile said, his voice shaky with emotion. “It’s a tremendous honor.”


    Copyright © 2017 The Oxford
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  2. mascott

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  3. LeansVeryRight2016

    LeansVeryRight2016 Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I frequently berate our Mississippi Members of Congress for only being able to rename post offices for service members KIA or LEOs killed in the line of duty, etc.

    But ... sincerely, from your constituent (me), thanks for this bill and action, Congressman Kelly. It's the least that we can do to honor LT Carville's sacrifice and memory.
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  4. LeansVeryRight2016

    LeansVeryRight2016 Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Really sad that it LITERALLY takes an 'Act of Congress' to do it.
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  5. wllmkttrll

    wllmkttrll Distinguished Poster