US Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) has announced the reintroduction of his bill, H.R. 3413, to name the post office on West Avenue in the Bronx after Private Isaac T. Cortes, an Army soldier and Bronx native who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
Pvt. Cortes was raised in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx and attended Christopher Columbus High School. He enlisted in the Army on November 21, 2006, completed his individual infantry training course in Fort Benning, Ga., and then moved on to Fort Drum before being deployed to Iraq in September 2007.
On November 27, 2007, Pvt. Cortes was one of two soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his vehicle in Amerli, Iraq, approximately 100 miles north of Baghdad. In honor of his service, Pvt. Cortes was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.