Trump Signs Legislation Honoring Colonel Alfred Asch and Renaming the Beaverton Post Office
On this day seventy-seven years ago, more than 2,000 Americans lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor that drew U.S. forces into World War II.
Earlier that same year, Alfred Asch, then a recent graduate of Beaverton High School, had joined the Army Air Corps, ready to serve his nation, and realize his childhood dream of becoming a pilot.
He flew two tours with the 93rd Bomb Group (28 missions) and 455th Bomb Group (47 missions) during World War II. After the war was over, Colonel Asch continued to serve, as the Army Air Corps became the Air Force. He served through 1968 and earned numerous decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with the Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.
After he retired, Colonel Asch became a systems engineer with the Mitre Corporation where he spent 16 years developing automation for the air traffic control system of the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2013, he published his memoir, The Whole Nine Yards, and donated proceeds to the Beaverton Activities Center.
It is because of Asch’s legacy of service to his country and his community that Congressman John Moolenaar introduced legislation to honor Asch and rename the post office in Beaverton.
Last night, the White House announced that President Donald Trump had signed the legislation into law.
Congressman Moolenaar made the following statement on the news:
“Congratulations to the Asch family on this tremendous honor for Colonel Asch. He was a patriot who never forgot where he was from and he continued to support Beaverton and Gladwin County throughout his life. This special honor will help his legacy be remembered for generations to come.”
David and Peter Asch, Colonel Asch’s sons, also made a statement on the legislation being signed into law:
“This is an exciting day for our family and we are thankful that President Trump has signed into law this special honor for our father. Congressman Moolenaar’s leadership made this possible and we are grateful for the work he has done to recognize our father’s decades of service to our nation.”
The official renaming should take place in early 2019 and additional updates will be made available in the months ahead.