Sterling Wyatt

Sterling Wyatt

The downtown Columbia Post Office will be named for Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt, who was killed in action in 2012.

Late Thursday night, a bill proposed by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, to name the post office after Wyatt, was signed into law.  

"Sterling’s service to his country set an amazing example to the rest of our nation, and he is worthy of this honor," Hartzler is quoted as saying in a news release.

Wyatt was born and raised in Columbia, and was active in the community. He took part in his local youth group, earned a black belt in taekwondo, reached the rank of Eagle Scout and was a Certified Nurse Attendant. 

Wyatt joined the Army soon after he graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2009. He was eventually deployed to Afghanistan, and on July 11, 2012, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Kandahar. He was 21 when he died. 

"We are overwhelmed, honored and humbled by the continued outpouring of support and love by our community, family and friends as they remember and honor our son, Sterling," Wyatt’s family said, according to the release. 

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