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Senate Passes Bill Naming Benson Post Office After Nebraska WWII Hero

OMAHA — Nearly 80 years after Charles Jackson French saved 15 fellow sailors’ lives, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to put his name on a local post office.

President Joe Biden has 10 days to sign the bill.

Japanese forces had just attacked the USS Gregory on Sept. 5, 1942. The ship was sinking, and 15 injured sailors were stranded. Petty Officer 1st Class French tied on a rope, jumped into the ocean and swam their boat to safety, through shark-infested waters.


Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., led the Senate effort to rename the post office. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., led the House bill. Both said Thursday that French’s service deserved to be honored.

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