Ronald E. Rosser Post Office

Floor Speech

Date: July 12, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BALDERSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise 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, Ron Rosser had a sense of duty to his family and country. First enlisting in the United States Army in 1946, Mr. Rosser served as a paratrooper for 3 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 an infantry division in the area 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 to dismantle their winter apparatus.

Tragically, the operation went south, as Mr. 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 by President Harry S. Truman. 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 the age of 90 in August of 2020. Army Sergeant 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 thank Chairwoman Maloney and Mr. Keller for their support in moving this bill forward. I urge a ``yes'' vote on H.R. 4622.