To remember the life of a fallen soldier one area city has honored him with a lasting memorial.
Sergeant Jacob Dan Doñes died exactly one year ago, and now the post office in Dimmitt will take his name.
As an expert infantry rifleman in Iraq, Doñes won many medals including the purple heart.
His fellow soldiers from Fort Irwin, California joined the memorial this morning to share in the celebration. Michael Sellers served with Sgt. Doñes in Iraq. He told Newschannel10 "In Iraq when a friend gets killed you don't have time to mourn because you're still at war. This is just more of a closing, being able to close the envelope". Sgt. José Guardardo added "I will always remember his smile, a smile that brings joy to anybody...an outstanding guy even in hard times he always smiled. We'd probably be in the deepest stress ever and you'd always see him smile".
At the age of 21 he died while protecting his fellow soldiers from an oncoming attack at their base. City residents knew they wanted to honor the hero, but didn't know how, the city's Congressman decided to take the measure to the House floor for what turned out to be unanimous approval.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer said "We should never forget those sacrifices nor should we forget those who have served to protect over liberty and freedom for us. And so this is one way today that we can not only honor J.J. but let America know that America cares about those who have served and paid the ultimate price for our freedom".
The bill was signed by President Bush, and was given to the post office along with a plaque that bears Doñes' name.