BEVIER, Mo. — A bill from an area lawmaker would memorialize a fallen Navy SEAL in his hometown of Bevier.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill put forward by Congressman Sam Graves (R-06) this week to name the U.S Post Office in Bevier after Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Adam Olin Smith, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2010.
Smith, at the age of 26, was killed as the result of a helicopter crash during Operation Enduring Freedom on September 21, 2010. According to Rep. Graves’ office, he had been in Afghanistan less than a month when he was killed.
Smith, who graduated from Bevier High School in 2002, served a tour of duty in Iraq and was a member of SEAL Team Four.
During his time in the Navy and as a Navy SEAL, Smith was awarded a slew of honors and medals: the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Seal Insignia.
“Petty Officer Smith paid the ultimate price so we can have the freedoms that we enjoy,” Graves said in a news release. “It is my great honor to put this bill forward to name this Post Office after him and I hope it will serve as a lasting memory and tribute to a truly selfless hero from North Missouri.”
Following its passage in the House, the bill will move to the Senate for consideration. If approved by the Senate, it will be sent to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.