Bill to Honor Ingram Clears Congress

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Legislation to rename the Hickory Post Office for a Mississippi soldier who died in Afghanistan is on its way to President Obama.

Cong. Gregg Harper, the bill's sponsor, says the legislation was passed by the Senate Tuesday.

The proposal by the Mississippi Republican would name the post office for Sergeant Matthew L. Ingram, a 25-year-old Newton County native who died in August 2009, from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Harper's bill was co-sponsored by Mississippi Democrats Travis Childers, Gene Taylor and Bennie Thompson.

Previously, Ingram had received the Purple Heart for injuries during a second tour of duty in Iraq.

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