Lance Cpl. Skip Wells

Cobb post office renamed for fallen Marine Skip Wells

A Marietta post office is being renamed to honor a local Marine killed during an act of domestic terrorism at a Chattanooga, Tenn. recruitment center.

The post office at 2886 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta will now be named the "Marine Lance Corporal Squire ‘Skip’ Wells Post Office Building" after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Friday.

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.

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Wells went to Georgia Southern University before he enlisted in 2014. The Navy posthumously honored Wells with the Purple Heart.

Bells Ferry Park was also renamed after the fallen Marine who grew up nearby.

The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, who was recently tapped as Donald Trump’s new health secretary.

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

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

“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,” Price said in a statement.

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