December 16, 2016 5:16 PM
Legislation was signed today officially naming the Marietta Post Office on Sandy Plains Rd in honor of Cobb County native Lance Corporal Squire K “Skip” Wells. Wells was one of five service members murdered in a terrorist attack at the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tenn in July of 2015. He was a 2012 graduate of Sprayberry High School, located approximately one mile from the U.S. postal office that will now bear his name following the enactment of H.R.5612.
Following high school graduation, Wells studied history at Georgia Southern University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2014. His family has a long tradition of military service and Marine Lance Corporal Wells felt called to defend his country.
We have received the following statements on the naming, which was co-sponsored by the entire Georgia Congressonal delegation:
Senator Johnny Isakson:
“It is gratifying to have signed into law this honor for a true hero from my own hometown,” said Senator Isakson, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “The book of John, Chapter 15, verse 13 reads: ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Skip Wells laid down his life for all the people of the United States of America, for his family and his friends. As we did at that time, we continue to ask God to bless and bring mercy to his family and friends.”
Senator David Perdue:
“The legacy left by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Skip Wells is one of the highest level of bravery,” said Senator Perdue. “This hero’s willingness to answer the call of duty will never be lost on the people of Georgia and our country. I join all Georgians in commemorating the life of Skip Wells and lifting his family and friends up in prayer.”
Congressman Tom Price:
“Today, we are extremely pleased and grateful to announce that this Marietta Post Office will be renamed in honor of Marine Lance Corporal Squire ‘Skip’ Wells,” said Congressman Tom Price. “We can never repay the immense debt that we owe Skip Wells and his family, but we should do all we can to honor his memory and the memory of all those who have given their lives for our nation. It is our hope that the Marine Lance Corporal Squire ‘Skip’ Wells Post Office Building will stand as tribute to a true American and Georgian hero, so that all future generations may learn of and honor his heroic sacrifice. Skip Wells will never be forgotten.”
Our prayers continue to be with the Wells family, and we thank them for his service and their sacrifice.