Senate Passes Bill To Rename Post Office After Fallen Guardsman

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill naming a Post Office in Thomaston after a Georgia National Guardsman and former postal carrier who was killed last year while on patrol in Iraq.

The post office at 103 East Thompson Street in Thomaston, would be renamed the "Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lee 'Bobby' Hollar Jr. Post. Office Building" under the bill.

The House is expected to pass the bill Friday, according to a spokesman for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who sponsored the measure.

Hollar was deployed in May 2005 and killed on Sept. 1 when an improvised explosive struck his vehicle outside Baghdad.

After his death, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and two sons, who live in Thomaston.

Hollar served in the National Guard as a tank commander, served in the 108th Calvary Division, served seven years with the 82nd Airborne, and also was a military scout.

During his deployment, Hollar acted as a pen pal to students at Crescent Middle School in Griffin.

Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson said the dedication was a fitting tribute to Hollar's sacrifice.

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