WASHINGTON — The U.S. Post Office on West Russell Road in Las Vegas would be renamed for local World War II veteran Joseph Schwartz under a bill introduced this week in Congress.
Schwartz served in the 82nd Airborne Division and went into Normandy in 1944 a few days before D-Day. In a military career he said spanned four years and nine months, he was awarded three Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Parachute Badge with two stars that denote combat jumps.
Schwartz, who turns 90 in April, is involved in the veterans community. He is the volunteer service officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a group that helps veterans with their benefits.
“I’m just an old fart, but I care about my fellow veterans,” Schwartz said Thursday. “That’s why I do whatever I can to help them.”
The Sergeant Irving Joseph Schwartz Post Office Building would be the new name for the Westridge Station, 7925 West Russell Road.
Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., submitted a bill Wednesday to rename the post office. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., is a co-sponsor.
“Mr. Schwartz made major sacrifices during World War II, and upon his return, he continued to give back to his community and to his fellow veterans,” Porter said. “It is a true privilege to dedicate this facility in his honor.”
“Joe Schwartz has earned this honor through his heroism, sacrifice and military service to the United States of America,” Berkley said.