ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - Almost 15 years ago, Spc. Trevor A. Win'E, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, died from injuries after his convoy encountered an improvised explosive devise in Iraq May 1, 2004 - the day of his second anniversary of joining the Army.
On April 24, hundreds of people gathered at an Orange County, Calif., post office to be part of the "Specialist Trevor A. Win'E Post Office" renaming ceremony. Win'E was an Orange County native.
Among the gathered were veterans, Gold Star moms, Blue Star moms, community leaders, service members and Win'E's family.
"It's not just Trevor's name who's being said, but it's all of you sweet Gold Star moms - he will represent your child," said the specialist's mom, Debi Win'E, as she spoke about her son and the fear she once had that he would be forgotten.
Win'E, pronounced Win-A, joined the Army as a petroleum specialist. He was first stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and assigned to the 24th Quartermaster Company, now the 24th Composite Supply Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 593rd ESC.
In 2003, Win'E was scheduled to go to Korea, however, when he found out his unit was deploying to Iraq, he chose to deploy with them instead.
During the ceremony a grateful, yet sad friend of Win'E, remembered how that decision may have saved his life.
"I was scheduled to be in that convoy, but, at last minute, I couldn't make it and Win'E stepped up," said Steve Agee, a veteran who served in Iraq with Win'E. "He gave his life for each and every one of us."
Almost two years after the efforts of U.S. Rep. Lou Correa, from California, to rename the post office in honor of Win'E, the bill was signed in December by President Donald Trump.
"We will never forget; every day we will celebrate the sacrifice that your families have made," Correa said. "It is the right thing to do; it is the American thing to do."
The 593rd ESC was represented at the renaming ceremony. Unit, battalion and ESC level representatives attended the ceremony.
"Specialist Win'E is our brother in arms, and his memory will live on forever," said Lt. Col. Casey J. Holler, commander, 13th CSSB. "Today with this dedication, we honor and commemorate him and all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In this we celebrate the lives of those who gave everything in the name of our country."
Now almost 15 years after Win'E's death, Orange County has a post office that will remind the youth and generations to come of the sacrifices made by one of their own, as well as service members from our country.