WASHINGTON, D.C. — A post office in Harristown will bear the name of fallen sailor Logan S. Palmer after President Donald Trump signed legislation recognizing the 23-year-old's service to his country.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said in a statement that Palmer's parents, Sid and Theresa Palmer, joined him in Washington, D.C., when he introduced the bill six months ago. It renames the post office at 1355 N. Meridian St.
"I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the Palmer family over the last year and I hope having the President sign this bill into law this week helps show our nation’s appreciation for Logan’s service and provides some solace for their family during the holidays," Davis said. "This building will serve as a grave reminder of risks our servicemembers take on each day and I look forward to officially renaming the post office in Harristown the 'Logan S. Palmer Post Office' soon."
Davis is working with the U.S. Post Office to organize a dedication ceremony in the coming months, his office said.
Trump signed the measure, House Resolution 5935, on Thursday. The House passed the legislation Sept. 13, and the Senate approved it last month.
Palmer graduated from Richland Community College before he enlisted in the Navy as an interior communications electrician.
The USS McCain collision was the second major deadly collision of a U.S. Navy ship in the Pacific last year. Two months earlier, the USS Fitzgerald and a civilian merchant ship collided near Yokosuka, Japan, killing seven sailors. Navy investigations found that the collisions were "avoidable" and, in part, caused by the intense operational pace the fleet has maintained in recent years.
In the wake of the collisions, the Navy instituted reforms to shore up training and alertness at sea. The incidents also led to the removal and disciplinary punishments of several high-profile Pacific fleet and ships officers.