04.26.17

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Rename Denver Stockyards Station Post Office After WWII Veteran

Washington, D.C. – Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced the introduction of legislation to rename the Denver Post Office Stockyards Station after Private George T. Sakato, an Army veteran and member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on October 29,1944, in World War II. While under heavy enemy fire, Private Sakato bravely took control of his unit after his platoon leader was killed and selflessly charged the enemy. He inspired fellow soldiers to follow suit and together they destroyed the enemy position. Private Sakato’s full Medal of Honor citation can be found here.

Following World War II, Private Sakato assumed a position with the United States Postal Service. After 27 years of service, Private Sakato retired from the Stockyards Station Post Office.

“Private Sakato served his country during World War II and dedicated his life to public service, working for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years,” said Gardner. “I’m proud to draft this legislation to honor his legacy, and to ensure future generations know the story of this American hero from our community.”

“As an American-born citizen of Japanese descent during World War II, Private Sakato heroically volunteered and fought to defend our nation at a time when Japanese-Americans were subject to violations of their constitutional rights,” Bennet said. “By dedicating the Stockyards Station Post Office in his name, we honor his valor on the battlefield and his 27 years of service to the U.S. Postal Service. People like Private Sakato enrich our community and our nation.”

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