The people of Clermont can now use the Zack T. Addington Post Office to handle their mail.
President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday, March 26, a bill renaming the Clermont post office in honor of Addington, a rifleman in the 3rd Marine Division of the Fleet Marine Force who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, sponsored the original bill renaming the post office.
Addington was killed in May 1968 and received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon for his service in Vietnam.
“President Trump's signature has cemented the legacy of a Northeast Georgia hero who gave his life defending our nation,” Collins said in a Monday announcement. “The Zack T. Addington Post Office will remind this community of our shared values and gratitude to American service members.”
Addington, a Clermont native, joined the Marines in 1967 and later was promoted to lance corporal.
“We feel honored that (the government) would do this,” said Addison Addington of Cleveland, Zack’s brother, upon hearing about Trump’s signature. “He was just a small-town boy who went to one of those faraway places with strange-sounding names and never came back.”
“Zack Addington was one who went willingly,” Collins said in speaking about the bill on the floor of the House.
“He knew he may not return — in fact, he even told people that he may not — and he did not. But that service and that sacrifice gives us the ability to stand here today and do what we do.”
News reporter Jeff Gill contributed to this report.