House Passes Bill to Honor Ingram

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to name the Hickory Post Office in honor of Sergeant Matthew L. Ingram, a Purple Heart recipient who died while serving in Afghanistan.

Cong. Gregg Harper introduced the measure. It's co-sponsors include Mississippi U.S. representatives Travis Childers, Gene Taylor and Bennie G. Thompson.

Harper said naming the facility for Ingram will be a constant reminder of the sacrifices he and other Mississippians have made though their service to their country.

“Matthew’s love for his country and able leadership took him from Hickory, Mississippi to Afghanistan, and his courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten,” Harper said.

Ingram, a 25-year-old Newton County native, died Aug. 21, 2009, from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat in Afghanistan. It was his third tour of duty overseas.

The blast occurred while his unit was under small arms fire from enemy forces, according to the Department of Defense.

Ingram served as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Previously, Ingram had received the Purple Heart for injuries while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

The bill will now move to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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