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Champaign post office honor for vet moves forward


Champaign -- A measure has moved forward in the U.S. Senate to name a Champaign post office after a black World War II veteran.


The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and government Affairs passed the measure honoring James R. Burgess Jr. on Wednesday. It would officially name a Champaign post office the "James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building." The measure now goes to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.


Burgess was a leader of the 761st Tank Battalion. The battalion was the first African-American armored unit to enter battle in World War II.


Burgess was a public servant in other sectors too. He was elected Champaign County State's Attorney in 1972. He also was appointed as a U.S. Attorney for a large section of Illinois.

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