Rep. Zeldin’s Legislation to Honor Fallen Army Soldier, Specialist Thomas Wilwerth of Mastic, Signed Into Law

August 21, 2019
Press Release

Watch Rep. Zeldin’s remarks ahead of House passage on April 4, 2019, here.

WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) just announced his legislation to honor the life and legacy of Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth by renaming in his honor the Post Office in his hometown of Mastic, New York, (H.R. 829) was signed into law today by President Trump. 

Specialist Wilwerth participated in the Junior ROTC program while at William Floyd High School and enlisted in the Army Reserve his junior year at just 17 years old. Deployed to Iraq in December 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Specialist Wilwerth and two other servicemembers fell in the line of duty on February 22, 2006, when an explosive device detonated near their Bradley Fighting Vehicle while on morning patrol near Balad, Iraq.

“I wish there were more people who possessed such a profound sense of patriotism. Even fewer answer the call at just the age of 17, who sacrifice their entire lives and their entire future to serve in the U.S. military,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin. “Specialist Wilwerth was the best of who we are. He was the embodiment of what makes this country the greatest in the world - the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our exceptional nation; for his neighbors, for his community but most courageously for those Americans he never knew.”

“Tommy died so that his fellow Americans could live a better life,” said the Wilwerth family. “His deep rooted sense of patriotism drove him to enlist in the aftermath of September 11th, and he would have been so proud of his sacrifice on behalf of our entire nation. To have his name and legacy displayed in the heart of the community he loved – the community he laid down his life for – will never bring him home, but it will ensure his memory and sacrifice live on in the hearts of those who call Long Island home.”