Tomorrow, August 16, US Rep. Joe Crowley (D- the Bronx, Queens) and USPS will hold a dedication ceremony to name the post office located at 1449 West Avenue in the Bronx in honor of 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 in November 2006 and was 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.
Rep. Crowley spearheaded passage of H.R. 3413, legislation to rename the post office as the “Private Isaac T. Cortes Post Office”.