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Balderson Bill to Honor Muskingum County War Hero Ronald E. Rosser Passes House

"His actions that day were the embodiment of courage, valor, and patriotism."

  • Ron Rosser at Arlington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Troy Balderson delivered remarks on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 4622 to dedicate and rename the Roseville Post Office in Muskingum County in honor of Korean War hero, the late Army Sergeant First Class Ronald Rosser.

Introduced by Representative Balderson, the legislation would designate the U.S Postal Service facility at 226 North Main Street in Roseville, Ohio as the "Ronald E. Rosser Post Office."

The bill passed the House Tuesday afternoon and now advances to the Senate for further consideration.

Watch Rep. Balderson's remarks from the House Floor and view the transcript below:

"Mister Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 4622 to designate the Roseville, Ohio Post Office as the 'Ronald E. Rosser Post Office.'

"The second-oldest of 17 siblings, Mr. Rosser always had a sense of duty to his family and country. First enlisting in the United States Army in 1946, Rosser served as a paratrooper for three years before returning home to Ohio to work as a coal miner.

"In February of 1951, he learned that his brother, Richard Rosser, was killed while fighting in the Korean War and immediately reenlisted to avenge his death.

"In Korea, Rosser served as a forward observer, attached to the Infantry Division known as the "Iron Triangle." At 20 degrees below zero, they were sent on a mission to raid a Chinese Communist-held mountaintop outpost and dismantle their winter apparatus.

"Tragically, the operation went south as Rosser's group was met with fierce enemy fire. Heavily outnumbered, Rosser charged up the mountain with just a rifle and one grenade. He was able to suppress hundreds of enemy soldiers and returned to the bottom of the hill to advise the Captain to withdraw. Despite his wounds, he scaled the mountain - directly into opposing fire - several more times to rescue fellow soldiers.

"His actions that day were the embodiment of courage, valor, and patriotism.

"Upon his return home, Rosser was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House Rose Garden ceremony led by President Harry S. Truman.

"After his military service, Rosser worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, advocated for veterans, and was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Sadly, Mr. Rosser passed away - at age 90 - in August of 2020.

"Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronald E. Rosser was an American war hero and a Muskingum County icon who saved countless American lives during the Korean War and serves as an inspiration for us today – and will for many generations to come.

"It was an honor and a blessing for me to personally know Mr. Rosser.

"I want to thank Chairwoman Maloney and Representative Keller for their support in moving this bill forward, and I urge a yes-vote on H.R. 4266.

"Thank you, Mister Speaker. I yield back."


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