By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced that HR 5331 passed in the House of Representatives today. The bill renames the facility located at 73839 Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms as the “Colonel M.J ‘Mac’ Dube, USMC Post Office Building. Cook introduced the legislation in July, after Dube passed away in April 2014.
Dube served thirty years in the United States Marine Corps. He was a decorated combat veteran and served as Chief of Staff at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. His personal and unit decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals with Combat “V,” four Purple Hearts, two Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” three Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V,” the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, four Presidential Unit Citations, three Navy Unit Citations, and two Good Conduct Medals.
Following his retirement from the Marines, he began his involvement with the City of Twentynine Palms in 1994. He served as councilmember and held various roles including a stint as a field representative for a San Bernardino County Supervisor. He was the co-grand marshal for the Pioneer Days Parade in 2010 and was involved with numerous community organizations.
Cook said, “Mac and I both served as colonels at the same time, an honor I’ll always remember and cherish. The Marine Corps has an old saying, ‘No greater friend, no worse enemy.’ This could not have been truer for Mac, he was a great Marine and his thirty years, four Purple Hearts, and a Silver Star deserve our recognition.
“The naming of the Twentynine Palms Post Office after Mac is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to his nation and the Twentynine Palms community. Mac served his nation honorably and left a legacy for all those who come after him. He’ll always be remembered in Twentynine Palms for his hard work, dedication, and patriotism. This post office will stand as a testament to all he did.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.