Memorial Day History with Chuck: AF Staff Sergeant Peter Taub, CHS class of ’04, killed in Afghanistan in 2015

Air Force Staff Sergeant Peter Taub, a 2004 graduate of Cheltenham High School, was one of six servicemen killed in the line of duty by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on December 21, 2015.

On the day of Taub’s death, he and several colleagues with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations had met a village elder a few miles from Bagram Air Field when an Afghan on a motorcycle drove up and exploded.

On July 23, 2018, the Wyncote Post Office was officially dedicated as the Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building.

Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building

“Taub was a shining example of the best our country has to offer,” Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan Boyle, who led efforts to rename the post office, said in a statement. “In his service to our nation, he exemplified unwavering patriotism and heroic bravery.”

Taub, who had served in the Air Force for eight years before deploying to Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.

“I’m so honored that this is happening to keep his name alive, but at the same time, of course, it goes without saying, I would much rather that this was not happening,” Taub’s mother, Arlene Wagner told NBC10 before the renaming of the post office.

“I hope that when they see his name that they will wonder who he was and that they’ll do a Google search and find out about him,” Wagner said.

Sergeant Taub left behind a pregnant wife and a three-year-old daughter among other family members.

For the House Bill designation of the United States Postal Service building located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, you can click here.

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Information partially provided by local historian Chuck Langerman; post office image credit: 6ABC