By Alexander Finestone/Congressman Alan Nunnelee’s News Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Friday, July 29th, H.R. 2213 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill, sponsored by Congressman Alan Nunnelee, designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the “Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office.”
“I thank my colleagues from Mississippi and the 112th Congress for their support of H.R. 2213. We cannot bring back a husband or a son, but this bill honors Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn’s memory and sacrifice. It will serve as a constant reminder to the people of Tishomingo County that freedom is not free,” Nunnelee said.
Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn was killed in action on May 10, 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baqubah, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the recipient of the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal.
Sergeant Vaughn was buried with full military honors at Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka, MS on May 19, 2007. Vaughn, who held the rank of Specialist, was posthumously promoted to Sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
RaNae Smith Vaughn said of her son, “Jason was a handsome man on the outside, and more importantly on the inside. We will always remember his smile, bear hugs, love of life, positive attitude, and his way of making everyone around him feel special. His greatest attribute may have been his kind heart. Jay was always extremely considerate of the needs of his family and friends; he never forgot to call and give his mother and sister a special greeting on birthdays and other special occasions. We, as his family, are so grateful for the opportunity to have had him in our lives. Jason will live on in our hearts and minds forever.”
Vaughn also left behind his wife, Contessa W. Vaughn and step-daughter, Ashley Martin; his brother and sister.