Honoring Marine Corporal Alex Martinez, Elgin native
It was Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s great honor to rename the Elgin post office after American hero, Marine Corporal Alex Martinez. Assigned to the 1st Combat Engineering Battalion, Martinez was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart medal and a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal with combat “V” for valor. He was the first serviceman from Elgin to die in combat operations since the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Elgin and the whole district will carry this hero’s name in our hearts forever. The Congressman was deeply humbled to speak to Corporal Martinez’s family and etch his memory into history by dedicating the Corporal Alex Martinez Memorial Post Office Building in his honor.
To read more about Marine Corporal Alex Martinez, and the dedication and renaming of the Elgin Post Office in his honor, please click here.