11.16.18

Peters, Stabenow, Moolenaar Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Beaverton Post Office after WWII Veteran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-04) today announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6116 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 362 North Ross Street in Beaverton as the “Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office.” Colonel Asch was a native of Beaverton and a decorated World War II combat veteran.

This legislation, authored by Congressman John Moolenaar, passed the House of Representatives in September and Senators Peters and Stabenow led the effort to pass it in the Senate. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature.

“Throughout his distinguished military career, Colonel Asch displayed time and again the courage and conviction that was forged in Beaverton,” said Senator Peters. “Designating Beaverton’s USPS Facility as the Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office is a fitting tribute to his years of exemplary service, and I am pleased to see this legislation move forward.”

“We are so grateful for Colonel Asch, who helped defend our country during World War II and then continued to serve for many years in our military,” said Senator Stabenow. “I was glad to partner with Senator Peters and Congressman Moolenaar to pass this bill that honors Colonel Asch for his service.”

“Colonel Asch was an American hero and it has been wonderful to lead this special effort honoring him as a proud son of Beaverton,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “He bravely flew missions during World War II, helped develop post-war civilian flight practices, and never forgot where he was from, funding a scholarship at CMU for Gladwin County residents. I am grateful to Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters for their support of this legislation honoring Colonel Asch.”

Colonel Alfred “Al” Asch, who was born and raised on a farm in Beaverton, flew many successful combat missions during World War II and was awarded 13 medals including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with the Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. He passed away on December 8, 2013 at the age of 93.

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