Congressman wants to rename post office in honor of fallen Richland Marine

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A U.S. congressman has introduced legislation to rename a post office in honor of a fallen Marine from Richland 

Rep. Dan Newhouse, with support from the entire Washington delegation in the U.S. House, would like to designate a U.S. Postal Service facility in West Richland the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.”

Schmieman was tragically killed in a cargo plane crash in Mississippi on July 10, 2017.

“Our country owes a debt of gratitude for individuals like Dietrich who, through his service, has preserved the freedoms that are the cornerstone of our nation,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Sergeant Schmieman’s death was a tragedy, but I hope to be able to honor his sacrifice with this legislation and commemorate his memory by naming this West Richland Post Office after him.” 

His parents Eric and Susan Schmieman said their son was passionate about the Pacific Northwest. He had a PNW tattoo and he had asked that his ashes be spread on Mount Rainier. 

They said he was equally passionate about his service in the Marine Corps, and that he held his Tri-Cities childhood friends close as his brothers-in-arms. 

“We are grateful that a federal building will be named after a young man who gave his life for our nation – a local building that will be visited often by his friends and family,” his parents said. 

The post office is located at 4801 West Van Giesen Street.

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