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Tom McClintock wants Granite Bay post office named for Victor Dew

U.S. Marine died in combat in 2010
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Congressman Tom McClintock announced an effort today to name the U.S. Post Office in Granite Bay after fallen Marine Victor Dew.

Dew graduated from Granite Bay High School in 2008. He died in combat in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on Oct. 13, 2010. He was 20 years old.

McClintock introduced the bill before the House of Representatives, remarking on the contributions Dew made during his short life.

“Victor lives on in the lives of those he touched, and he touched quite a few,” McClintock said. “He is remembered in his community as a faithful friend and an inspiring teacher — before he enlisted he had already become a popular martial arts instructor at a local dojo.”

Dew dreamed of becoming a Marine as a child and enlisted in 2009. At the time of his death, he was engaged to marry his fiancée, Courtney Gold.

McClintock, who never met Dew, expressed appreciation for the Marine’s sacrifices.

“He believed his duty and destiny was to keep the fight away from our shores, away from his family and his country, and so he chose combat even when he had been offered safe and honorable service at home,” McClintock said.

Dew’s parents, Patty and Tom Schumacher, still live in Granite Bay.

“His family does what every Gold Star family does — they cope with their grief through a mixture of fond memories, faith, and most of all, of pride for the life of their son,” McClintock said.

~ Sena Christian