Kansas Post Office Named For Fallen Soldier

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DERBY, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita-area post office has been named for a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan five years ago.

In a weekend ceremony, Jamie Maugans' hometown post office in Derby was renamed in his honor. About 100 people gathered at the Sedgwick County town's recreation post office Saturday to officially rename the post office for the 27-year-old Maugans.

Maugans was killed while disposing of weapons and munitions. Three other soldiers were also killed in the 2002 explosion.

Wichita-area U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who helped pass a bill to honor Maugans, was among those at the ceremony. He described the gathering as bittersweet, with emotions ranging from sadness to grief to anger.

Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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