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Honoring Joshua Steele

US Rep Cheri Bustos

A post office in western Illinois may be named in honor of a soldier killed in 2007 in Afghanistan. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos introduced legislation on Wednesday to name the post office in Alpha the ``Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office. ``  

Steele, who was raised on his family's farm in North Henderson, joined the army and was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2007. He was killed at the age of 26, six months later, by a roadside bomb while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. 

He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart posthumously. 

In 2002, Steele graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla and later that year was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, he  served in Iraq and the Republic of Georgia.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.