U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has introduced a bill renaming the Clermont post office after a native of the North Hall town who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.
The building on Main Street would be known as the Zack T. Addington Post Office.
Addington joined the Marine Corps in 1967. He became a rifleman in the 3rd Marine Division of the Fleet Marine Force and was deployed to Vietnam that year.
Promoted to lance corporal, he died on May 16, 1968, at age 19.
That June, Addington received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.
“Lance Cpl. Addington led a life of service and honor, and he sacrificed that life for his countrymen,” Collins said. “Northeast Georgia is proud of his legacy, and I’m honored to be part of helping that legacy live on.”
In a press release from Collins’ office, Addison Addington, Zack Addington’s brother, said he and his family “are very thankful that Zachary is being honored in this way.”
Zack Addington, who is buried in Clermont, was the youngest of four siblings, said Addison, 81, reached by phone later.
Addison said he hopes that if the post office is renamed, Zack’s medals could be put on display.