Stabenow, Peters Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Howell Post Office after WWII Veteran

Friday, December 14, 2018

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6020 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell as the “Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building.” Sergeant Burgett lived almost his entire adult life in Howell and was a World War II combat veteran.


This legislation, authored by Congressman Mike Bishop, passed the House of Representatives in September and Senators Stabenow and Peters led the effort to pass it in the Senate. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature.


“We are so grateful for Sergeant Burgett, who helped defend our country during World War II and then continued to serve his community for many years after,” said Senator Stabenow. “I was glad to partner with Senator Peters to pass this bill that honors Sergeant Burgett for his service.”


“From fighting through battlefields across Europe to lending a helping hand to fellow veterans back home, Sergeant Burgett devoted his life to serving others,” said Senator Peters. “I’m honored to help ensure Sergeant Burgett will be recognized for his lifelong devotion to his community and his country.”


Sergeant Donald Burgett was a member of the 101st Airborne “The Screaming Eagles,” A Company. He fought in battles throughout the European Theatre, including at Normandy on D-Day. After the war, he was a very active member of his community, including extensive service with the VFW, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Sergeant Burgett authored four books giving firsthand accounts of the paratroopers’ experience in WWII. He passed away on March 23, 2017 at the age of 91.