Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21) released the following statement following House passage of H.R. 6930 – legislation she authored to designate the post office at 10 Miller Street in Plattsburgh as the “Ross Bouyea Post Office Building.”
“I am thrilled that my House colleagues from districts across the nation supported my legislation to honor North Country war hero Ross Bouyea,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Over the course of his service with the U.S. Army’s 83rd Infantry ‘Thunderbolt’ Division, Ross Bouyea played a role in some of the most pivotal moments of the Second World War. Mr. Bouyea landed on Omaha Beach following the allied invasion of Normandy and saw 244 total days of combat that stretched across Europe. During this time, Mr. Bouyea fought in the Hurtgen Forest during the Battle of the Bulge and faced some of the harshest conditions that the war had to offer. Mr. Bouyea was also part of the division that liberated the Langenstein sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945.”
“By the end of the war, Mr. Bouyea’s unit had received seven distinguished unit citations and he personally had earned three service medals. Mr. Bouyea’s service to his country did not end when he was honorably discharged in 1945, however, as he continued to play a significant role in his community in the later years of his life. In addition to sharing his story with local schools in his hometown of Plattsburgh, New York, Mr. Bouyea worked with North Country Honor Flight to fly his fellow veterans to visit our nation’s war memorials in Washington D.C. Ross Bouyea passed away on March 11, 2018, five years after participating in an Honor Flight of his own.”
“I am grateful to my colleagues for supporting this legislation and to the entire New York House delegation for supporting it from the very beginning. I am humbled by the opportunity to honor this North Country hero’s life and legacy.”
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