A Kansas post office has a new name to honor a fallen Kansas soldier.
The Derby post office is now called the "Sgt. Jamie O. Maugans Post Office Building."
Sgt. Maugans was the first casualty of the Global War on Terror from the fourth Congressional district of Kansas. He graduated from Derby High Cchool and attended KU and Cowley County Community College before joining the Army.
Sgt. Maugans was deployed to Afghanistan in connection with Operation Enduring Freedom. On April 15th, 2002, while disposing of ordnances near Kandahar, he was killed along with three others, including fellow Kansan Staff Sergeant Justin Galewski, from Olathe.
Sgt. Maugans was 27-years old.
“By naming this post office the Sergeant Jamie O. Maugans Post Office, I hope everyone in South-central Kansas will come to know and remember this young man and his sacrifice," U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt said in a statement. “As the first casualty from my District, Jamie’s life and memory are representational of all those who have lost their lives in the Global War on Terror. I hope this effort will be a reminder to everyone in South-central Kansas of the sacrifice that so many veterans have made for our country and our freedoms."
“Sergeant Jamie O’Dell Maugans was an American hero, and Kansas is proud to call him a native son,” Sen. Sam Brownback said in a statement. “By naming this post office after Sergeant Jamie O. Maugans, we honor all those who have worn the uniform, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving America.”