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house Bill H.R. 381

Should the Government Name a Mountain After a Marine Corps War Hero?

Argument in favor

Staff Sergeant Sky Mote sacrificed his life for the U.S. Putting his name on this mountain, where his friends and family go on an annual hunting trip would be a compassionate tribute to his action.

Charles's Opinion
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01/30/2017
If no Native American tribe has a preference to name the mountain then by all means yes. Otherwise, negotiations must be made with any tribe who has a serious claim or tie to the area.
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Adhan's Opinion
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01/30/2017
I fully support this proposition on the condition that there are no Native American individuals who already have ties to that mountain. It's time we give back to the original natives to America, rather than take.
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Stacey's Opinion
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01/30/2017
As long as this mountain is not already named by a First Nation tribe
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Argument opposed

Sky Mote sacrificed his life for the U.S. But there are better ways to honor his service than making people add a name to some anonymous mountain on their maps.

Mart's Opinion
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01/30/2017
Honor him by not making more wars. Honor him with less homeless veterans. Honor with a VA that serves his kind well!
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01/30/2017
No. I understand that I didn't serve with Staff Sergeant Sky Mote and so I know nothing about the man. However, as a Marine I can say that no Marine goes off and fights for their country with the idea that if they come back home underneath a flag draped coffin, that there might be a mountain named after their sacrifice. I realize that as a country we want to grandiose the loss of every service member who is killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and while that is both a very honorable and noble thing for us to want to do, it is not the right thing to do. Veterans who have seen combat and have experienced the brutality of what war truly is, we don't want the attention. We don't want the attention because we don't want to have to talk about it and we don't want to have to remember it. A simple, "Thank You" is enough. Which in this case, as a Marine such as what Staff Sergeant Sky Mote is, we fight for this country because we love it and we want to preserve it's freedoms and liberties. But, if we really want to name a mountain after him, Congress better find 6,907 more mountains to name after all the service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.
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William's Opinion
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01/30/2017
The are numerous heroes in far too many wars and “police actions” (see Vietnam War) to begin naming mountains after all of them. This just seems like an unsustainable precedent to me.
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What is House Bill H.R. 381?

This bill seeks to honor Staff Sergeant Sky Mote — a Marine who was killed while serving in Afghanistan — by naming a mountain where his friends and family used to go on annual hunting trips after him: “Sky Point.” The mountain is in the John Muir Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada National Forest, at the center of Humphrey Basin, and does not currently have a name. The GPS-inclined can find it at 7°15′16.10091″N 118°43′39.54102″W.

Impact

Sky Mote’s loved ones, map-making companies, hikers, park rangers, the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 381

The CBO estimates that this bill would not have a significant effect on the budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Staff Sergeant Sky Mote was considered by many to be brave and selfless before August 12, 2012. He was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, defusing and disposing of bombs — yes, like The Hurt Locker — in Afghanistan. But on that day, he proved it again. When an Afghani police officer began shooting outside an outpost, Mote and Captain Matthew Manoukian fought back while the other soldiers evacuated. Mote shot at the attacker from an exposed position just five yards, "courageously exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to protect his fellow Marines."

Mote grew up in El Dorado, California, about forty minutes outside of Sacramento in sponsoring Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-CA) congressional district. The peak under consideration for Sky Point is a couple of hours from there.

This legislation passed the House on a voice vote during the last session of Congress but wasn't considered in the Senate.


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Summary by James Helmsworth 

(Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Seth Starr / Public Domain)

Official Title

To designate a mountain in the John Muir Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest as "Sky Point".

bill Progress


  • EnactedJanuary 10th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 21st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed January 30th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017

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    If no Native American tribe has a preference to name the mountain then by all means yes. Otherwise, negotiations must be made with any tribe who has a serious claim or tie to the area.
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    Honor him by not making more wars. Honor him with less homeless veterans. Honor with a VA that serves his kind well!
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    I fully support this proposition on the condition that there are no Native American individuals who already have ties to that mountain. It's time we give back to the original natives to America, rather than take.
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    No. I understand that I didn't serve with Staff Sergeant Sky Mote and so I know nothing about the man. However, as a Marine I can say that no Marine goes off and fights for their country with the idea that if they come back home underneath a flag draped coffin, that there might be a mountain named after their sacrifice. I realize that as a country we want to grandiose the loss of every service member who is killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and while that is both a very honorable and noble thing for us to want to do, it is not the right thing to do. Veterans who have seen combat and have experienced the brutality of what war truly is, we don't want the attention. We don't want the attention because we don't want to have to talk about it and we don't want to have to remember it. A simple, "Thank You" is enough. Which in this case, as a Marine such as what Staff Sergeant Sky Mote is, we fight for this country because we love it and we want to preserve it's freedoms and liberties. But, if we really want to name a mountain after him, Congress better find 6,907 more mountains to name after all the service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.
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    As long as this mountain is not already named by a First Nation tribe
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    The are numerous heroes in far too many wars and “police actions” (see Vietnam War) to begin naming mountains after all of them. This just seems like an unsustainable precedent to me.
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    That mountain probably has an indigenous name. Don't continue colonizing this country by just naming things in the modern age. Every place has history, I urge you to learn it.
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    While an excellent memorialization, this seems an unsustainable precedent to set. I'd like to see signatures of support from the local area.
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    This is a waste of governmental time and money. Focus on the REAL ISSUES!!
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    We must honor our war heroes in the highest. A mountain should do nicely.
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    His was certainly a very heroic action, but, there are far too many war heroes to honor one in particular. Also, America's First Nation should be considered.
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    No one individual should be singled out for an honor like this--too many deserving veterans
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    I really like the opinion given by Countable member "UnapologeticallyAmerican": "No. I understand that I didn't serve with Staff Sergeant Sky Mote and so I know nothing about the man. However, as a Marine I can say that no Marine goes off and fights for their country with the idea that if they come back home underneath a flag draped coffin, that there might be a mountain named after their sacrifice. I realize that as a country we want to grandiose the loss of every service member who is killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and while that is both a very honorable and noble thing for us to want to do, it is not the right thing to do. Veterans who have seen combat and have experienced the brutality of what war truly is, we don't want the attention. We don't want the attention because we don't want to have to talk about it and we don't want to have to remember it. A simple, "Thank You" is enough. Which in this case, as a Marine such as what Staff Sergeant Sky Mote is, we fight for this country because we love it and we want to preserve it's freedoms and liberties. But, if we really want to name a mountain after him, Congress better find 6,907 more mountains to name after all the service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11." Nevertheless, I think that there's no harm in naming this mountain after Staff Sergeant Sky Mote, since the mountain doesn't HAVE a name and it has a particular significance for his family and friends.
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    We should instead name the mountain after a certain group of fallen soldiers, not just one man. Of course, if there is no First Nation tribe there
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    Honor him with better veteran services and more care to those who serve. A mountain will still hold significance without his name
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    Why not name a mountain after a war hero. Highways are named for patrol officers killed in service. Local police get streets names. These are just methods to keep memories alive for posterity. But please keep Obama out of this is all I ask.
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    Please consider America's First Nation history/leaders instead
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    Wow. What a riveting and poignant issue to debate. Please deliberate as long as possible and prove congress' ineptitude and irrelevance.
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    Of course he should! And unless you have seen combat and witnessed comrades die alongside you then you have no right to say no!
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    I believe the best way to honor a fallen hero is to dedicate something in his or her name! God Bless America!
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