Bill renaming Marietta post office for Marine Skip Wells moves forward

Lance Cpl. Skip Wells

Lance Cpl. Skip Wells

The bill to rename a Marietta post office after a local Marine killed last year in a Chattanooga terrorist attack was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, a 2012 Sprayberry High alumnus, was 21 when he and four other service members were gunned down by a Tennessee man inspired by terrorism in July 2015 at a military center.

Now, the bill to change the name of the post office at 2886 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta to "Marine Lance Corporal Squire 'Skip' Wells Post Office Building", headsto the U.S. Senate for consideration.

The bill's sponsor U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, spoke on the House floor about the fallen Marine: "Skip Wells was a proud Marine and a true hero. He made the ultimate sacrifice and selflessly gave his life to protect his fellow service members and to protect our nation. There is nothing we could do that would be too much to honor this young hero's memory."

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Wells attended Georgia Southern University before enlisting in 2014. The Navy posthumously honored Wells with the Purple Heart.

All of Georgia’s U.S. House representatives are cosponsors of the bill, which was introduced July 1.

Learn more about Wells and the other victims here: Baseball star, Purple Heart recipient and more about the Chattanooga shooting victims