Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that his legislation to rename the Cleveland, Texas, post office as the Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez Post Office Building has gained Congressional approval. H.R. 5108 will now go to the Senate for full approval.

I applaud this Congress for joining me in honoring one of Texas fallen heroes, Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez, said Poe. This is a fitting tribute to a Marine who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Robbie is a heroic representative of the State of Texas and an honorable defender of liberty and freedom.

Lance Cpl. Martinez graduated from Cleveland High School in 2003. A pitcher for the baseball team, his goal was to attend college and become a coach. Those plans were put on hold, however, as Martinez felt a deep need to answer the call of duty. At the age of 17, before beginning his senior year, Martinez pre-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He left for basic training two days after graduation.

Lance Cpl. Martinez spent seven months on the Syrian border in 2004, and returned to Iraq in 2005. On Thursday, December 1, 2005, Martinez and nine other Marines were killed in action when a roadside bomb exploded. Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez, of the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, was only 20 years of age.