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house Bill H.R. 979

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

Argument in favor

Sky Mote sacrificed his life for the U.S. Putting his name on this mountain, where his friends and family would be a compassionate tribute to this action.

Why not? This seems like a nice thing to do and it costs nothing.
Like (41)
Rick's Opinion
We don't do nearly enough to honor our fallen.
Like (25)
Thomas's Opinion
What a cool thing to name a mountain! And it'll mean something to his family without impacting anyone negatively.
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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.

Scott's Opinion
How about honoring the war heroes by providing superior body armor, and better pay, and fixing the VA?
Like (65)
Mickb's Opinion
What about the countless other vets who gave their life, or physical and mental well being are there sacrifices not as important
Like (24)
bsquared's Opinion
do something better than naming a mountain. take care of his family, stop sending troops to die.
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What is House Bill H.R. 979?

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.


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

Cost of House Bill H.R. 979

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

More Information

In Depth: Sky Mote was considered by many to be brave and selfless before August 12, 2012. He was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, defusing and disposing of bombs — yes, like The Hurt Locker—in Afghanistan. But on that day, proved it again. When an Afghani police officer began shooting inside 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 away.

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 considerations for Sky Point is a couple of hours from there.


Summary by James Helmsworth 

(Photo Credit: Google Earth Screen Shot)

Official Title

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

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed June 1st, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2015

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