Kingston post office renaming honors war hero Dietz


Kingston post office renaming honors war hero Dietz

KINGSTON >> A public ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday renaming Kingston’s Main Post Office at Smith Avenue and Cornell Street in honor of Staff Sgt. Robert H. Dietz of Kingston, who was killed in action in World War II and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Dietz, 24, was killed by sniper fire in Kirchain, Germany, on March 29, 1945. A member of the U.S. Army’s 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for dismantling explosives on a bridge, opening the way for American troops to get into Kirchain. U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, one of the sponsors of the bill to allow the renaming, is expected to attend, along with state Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, Mayor Steve Noble, and members of the Dietz family. Dietz Memorial Stadium in Uptown Kingston also is named for the war hero.

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Source: Daily Freeman
Kingston post office renaming honors war hero Dietz

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