A ceremony was held Wednesday naming the Orange Post Office in honor of U.S. Army Spc. Trevor A Win’E, an Orange County native who was killed in Iraq.
Win’E’s mother, Debi Win’E, told the crowd, which included mothers of several other fallen troops, gathered in a tent behind the post office that “I will never mail a package out of here again when I will not think of all of you.”
Win’E said she expected many people to mispronounce the family name, which is pronounced Win-eh.
“They will call him Wine, they will call him all kind of crazy things,” said Win’E, a resident of Orange. “But it’s not just Trevor’s name that is being said. It’s all of you sweet Gold Star moms. He will represent your child.”
Naming the post office for Win’E will “be a constant reminder for future generations,” said Steve Agee, who was supposed to be in the convoy on April 30, 2004, when it was attacked by multiple roadside bombs.
“In 15 or 20 years from now a kid is going to get on Google and say `Who is Trevor Win’E?”’ Agee said. “He’s going to read about it and learn the story and learn why this is named that.”
Win’E was in the lead truck of a convoy in Tikrit, Iraq, serving as a turret gunner, when it was attacked. He was severely injured and died the following day, exactly two years after his enlistment. He was 22.
“This young man’s bravery and courage is an inspiration,” said Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, who authored the bill naming the post office the “Specialist Trevor A. Win’E Post Office.” “When given the opportunity to serve, Specialist Win’E volunteered to go where he was needed most. He put his country and his fellow soldiers first. He is an honor to his country.”
Win’E was born Sept. 24, 1981, and graduated from Calvary Chapel High School in Santa Ana in 2000. He enjoyed hockey, snowboarding, scuba diving, and going to the mountains and river. He was known for his infectious smile and dimples.
Win’E attended Concordia University Irvine and installed chemical operating systems before enlisting in the U.S. Army on May 1, 2002, fulfilling a childhood dream.
Following basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and training as a petroleum supply specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia, Win’E was assigned to the Petroleum Platoon in the 24th Quartermaster Supply Company at Fort Lewis, Washington.
In November 2003, the 24th Quartermaster Supply Company was scheduled to deploy to Iraq. Win’E was assigned to South Korea but approached his commander to request that he be allowed to serve alongside his fellow soldiers in the unit.
Win’E was granted the request to continue with the 24th Quartermaster Supply Company to Iraq. The company provided fuel support to the 3rd Brigade and the 44th Corps Support Battalion so they could conduct their tactical road march into Iraq.