Easley Post Office to be dedicated in honor of Private First-Class Barrett Lyle Austin

U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-3), in partnership with the United States Postal Service, will host a dedication and plaque presentation ceremony for the renaming of the Easley Post Office to the Private First-Class Barrett Lyle Austin Post Office. The United States Postal Service welcomes the public to attend this free event.

PFC Barrett Lyle Austin of Easley, SC

PFC Barrett Lyle Austin was born in Easley, SC on November 10, 1992. He was a 2011 graduate of Pickens High school and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley. In December of 2011, he enlisted and was sworn in at Fort Jackson, SC. In August 2012, PFC Austin graduated basic training and advanced infantry training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for Combat Engineer. He was immediately stationed to Fort Stewart, Georgia then in March of 2013 deployed to Afghanistan.

Shortly after winning his stripes as a private first class, Barrett was driving an armored truck on patrol in Wardak Province, Afghanistan south of Kabul when insurgents attacked. A bomb exploded and he suffered massive head and chest trauma. Posthumously, he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Palmetto State Hero award and the SC Governor’s Award for Extraordinary Sacrifice and Heroism.

PFC Barrett Lyle Austin, 20, of Easley, S.C., died April 21, 2013, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan, April 17, 2013. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, in Fort Stewart, Ga.

Barrett was an avid sportsman and loved to spend his spare time hunting and working on his car. His last act as a soldier exemplified his concern for the well-being of others. Barrett was a testament to those characteristics we should all strive for; honesty, selflessness, caring for others, love of community, and a commitment to the fullness of life.

The event will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. EST at Easley City Hall in the Council Chamber.