Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pvt. Christopher L. Palmer

22, of Sacramento, California.
Palmer died near Baylough, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy. Died on August 21, 2005.

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"Thinking about you today Chris...are days in class, how we convinced mrs brown to have two TA's. We couldn't stay out of trouble in that class and she would always tell us one of us would have to work in another class, but she never done it lol....we would read all the letters the teacher took from the students and would be in tears...you always had a smile on your face and you will forever be missed. Happy Veterans Day my friend ❤️"
Brenda of Sac

"My husband is Omar Vasquez & Christopher Palmer was his best friend. He was there when the incident that took him from all his loved ones occurred & has blamed himself for that everyday. I hope that Christophers family knows that he was & always will be a hero & extremely missed by the Vasquez household. Our condolences to his family."
brenda of edinburg, tx

"I miss you all the time Chris Palmer, You were and still are my best friend. Luv ya man"
Rafael Butler-Bonner of Sacramento,California

"I never met Chris but I get to understand that he was my daughter, fathers' cousin Mark who also passed away. My condolences to the family and my prayers are with you all. Just remember that he is safely in the arms of God. He served his country more than many of us could say, which just show how brave he was. Keep your head up mom and sis and other close relative God has comfort you so far and He will continue to. God bless Always!!"
cheryl of florida

"As a soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan my thoughts are with those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Pvt Palmer, I've never met you but you are and always will be my brother. You are a hero and you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers."
SPC Reed, R. of Savannah, GA USA

"I will never forget you but I will forever miss you... Now that you have a place in Heaven with the Lord I Pray that you will save a spot for me... Thank You Chris"
George Singer of Las Vegas, NV

"Chris it was an honor to know you on and off the football field in high school, but death is not the end.. but just the beginning of everlasting life in our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God for his son for thru him we are restored into a right relationship with God and our sins are forgiven. So with that said I'll be seeing you someday when Its my time to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Blessed be the name of the Lord, and may the good Lord asuage the anguish of your families berievement and leave you only the cherrished memmories of you Chris. You are a Great Man."
Mike Patterson of Austin, Texas former C/O 2000 Cordova High Grad

"We miss you Chris. your 26th birthday was a week ago and even though you werent able to be here we all celebrated your life in our own ways. all the memories we share of you. I will never forget My fallen Camrades... but most of all I will never forget my fallen friends. your memories are engraved in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Happy 26th birthday. love ya and miss ya!"
Lyndsay Payne, SPC, US Army of Sacramento, Ca

"October 8, 2007
To the family of Pvt. Christopher L. Palmer:
Christopher gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy of Nevada

"Chris Palmer,

You will never be forgotten. The Cordova High Class of 2000' will always remember you."
Mr. & Mrs. Turner of Sacramento, Ca

"I knew you better than most I had the honor to call you my brother. It has been so hard beliving that we made it through the loss of you. You just do not know how much we miss you, think about you, laugh and cry when we talk about you. happy 24th birthday
To the people who have left your words of comfort we, the Palmer family thank you."
Casandra Palmer of sacramento,ca

"IN MEMORY of
MICHAEL LEHMILLER, BLAKE HALL, JOSHUA HYLAND, CHRISTOPHER PALMER 8/21/05

REMEMBER ME AND THINK OF MY BROTHERS

Remember me in the morning when you wake,
Think of my brothers and the chances they take.

Remember me when sunlight shines in your eyes,
Think of my brothers, for today another will die.

Remember me when the moon shows its face,
Think of my brothers and upon them pray for Gods grace.

Remember me when the snow begins to fall,
Think of my brothers and how they give their all.

Remember me when songbirds begin to sing,
Think of my brothers and how they make freedom ring.

Remember me when fireworks light the sky at night,
Think of my brothers and respect the reasons for which they fight.

Remember me when autumn leaves begin to fall, Think of my brothers, they need your support most of all.

Remember me in everything you do,
Think of my brothers, welcome them home and say thank you.

by: Cynthia L. Bandy
11/03/05
I wrote this poem for my cousin Michael Lehmiller and the men who died with him I hope you like it.
cynthia bandy
3237 tiger st.
dade city fl. 33523"
cynthia bandy of dade city fl.

"To the family of Private Palmer:

I came across this reference after googling my own name for business purposes. Please accept my condolences over your loss. Private Palmer and his fellow service members are the true heros of our society, not rich ball players or self-absorbed entertainers."
Christopher L. Palmer of Morganton, GA

"To the family of:Christopher L. Palmer I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. The following is something I was sent in an email. I hope it brings a smile to your face.

The Final Inspection
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God
"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Mark & Trish of Sacramento, CA

"After Googleing my own name I saw this page for Pvt. Palmer. I took great interest in this page for I am going into the marine corps and Pvt. Palmer's death is less than a week from my own. My all of our nations thoughts and prayers be with Pvt. Palmer, his family and friends, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. God Bless America."
Christopher S. Palmer of Millstone Twp., NJ/ USA

"to my best friend chris palmer all tha memories we have at school and out havin a good time i will never forget u and i will see u again. luv ya"
max fischer of sacramento ca usa

"To the parents of Christopher. My wife Terri and I lost our son in Afghanistan on January 29th 2004. "Yesterday." We would like to say thank you for your sons heroism and for yours. If we may be of some help it would be a great blessing to us. It may be much too soon to talk about. We are here if you need us. Our son Adam was from Sacramento and 21 years old.
Our prayers are with you.
The Kinsers"
Paul Kinser of Rio Vista, California. USA

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Christopher L. Palmer. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Palmer's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hushes of Houston TX

"I knew one of the guys that was killed along with Christopher, Blake Hall, and i just wanted to send the condolences of all of the people of Blakes home town of East Prairie, Missouri to his family and friends."
Clay of East Prairie, MO

"I'm so sorry to hear of this sad news, my thoughts and prayers are with you"
Chris of London, England

"To the Palmer family. I had the privledge of being your sons teamleader while we were both assigned to Ft. Campbell. I can honestly say that I've never had a soldier that worked harder or cared for what he did more than Chris. He was truly one of the best soldiers I've ever met. I was deeply saddened to learn of this tragic news, all of my and my families prayers are with you and your family ."
SGT Clint Atchison of Ft. Benning, GA

"TO THE PALMER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY AND FLECTHER FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF CHRISTOPHER. AN OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU. I LOST MY SON SGT. GREGORY L.WAHL LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. MR. FLECTHER LOST HIS SON JACOB. JACOB WAS APART OF CHRISTOPHER UNIT. SO THIS IS A LOST THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO HOME FOR MS. DORINE KENNY JACOBS MOTHER AND MOE FLECTHER JACOBS FATHER. MR. FLECTHER WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT YOU. SO PLEASE E-MAIL AT lwahl1@sears.com. Christopher thank you for serving with my son Gregory. CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER, NEVER EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. CHRISTOPHER YOU ARE APART OF WORLD, AFGHANISTAN AND AMERICAN HISTORY. WHY? FOR YOU ANSWERED A CALLING IN LIFE THAT FEW DO. tO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND TO GIVE OTHER'S FREEDOM AND A NEW BEGINNING. CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE HEARTS YOU HAVE TOUCHED. TOGETHER THOSE FOND MEMORIES YOU ENDURED WITH THEM WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MY TEARS NEVER GONE AWAY WITH GREGORY. STILL FLOW EACH DAY WITH EACH FALLEN SOLDIER. ESPECIALLY, TO A BROTHER OF MY SON YOU CHRISTOPHER. YOU MADE MY WORRIES FOR MY SON NOT IMPORTANT. FOR I KNEW HE HAD MEN LIKE YOU PROTECTING EACH OTHER. GOD BLESS TO A REAL AMERICAN HERO, SOLDIER AND A BROTHER TO ALL AMERICAN'S SOLDIER'S FAMILIES!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"TO THE PALMER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY AND FLECTHER FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF CHRISTOPHER. AN OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU. I LOST MY SON SGT. GREGORY L.WAHL LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. MR. FLECTHER LOST HIS SON JACOB. JACOB WAS APART OF CHRISTOPHER UNIT. SO THIS IS A LOST THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO HOME FOR MS. DORINE KENNY JACOBS MOTHER AND MOE FLECTHER JACOBS FATHER. MR. FLECTHER WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT YOU. SO PLEASE E-MAIL AT lwahl1@sears.com. Christopher thank you for serving with my son Gregory. CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER, NEVER EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. CHRISTOPHER YOU ARE APART OF WORLD, AFGHANISTAN AND AMERICAN HISTORY. WHY? FOR YOU ANSWERED A CALLING IN LIFE THAT FEW DO. tO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND TO GIVE OTHER'S FREEDOM AND A NEW BEGINNING. CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE HEARTS YOU HAVE TOUCHED. TOGETHER THOSE FOND MEMORIES YOU ENDURED WITH THEM WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MY TEARS NEVER GONE AWAY WITH GREGORY. STILL FLOW EACH DAY WITH EACH FALLEN SOLDIER. ESPECIALLY, TO A BROTHER OF MY SON YOU CHRISTOPHER. YOU MADE MY WORRIES FOR MY SON NOT IMPORTANT. FOR I KNEW HE HAD MEN LIKE YOU PROTECTING EACH OTHER. GOD BLESS TO A REAL AMERICAN HERO, SOLDIER AND A BROTHER TO ALL AMERICAN'S SOLDIER'S FAMILIES!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you PV Palmer, for your service and your sacrifice. I was privileged to observe the official escort as they stood saluting you in the rain on the airport tarmac. You are a hero, as are the paratroopers with whom you served, and I'm proud to have been touched by your life in this small way.

May God bless and comfort your family."
Major K. L. Beck Fey (USAFR) of Virginia

"To the family of Pvt. Christopher Palmer,
I would just like to express my deepest regrets. My brother was a member of your sons squad and he will be deeply missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Melanie Frederixon"
Melanie Frederixon of Scottsdale, AZ

"To the Family of Christopher Palmer,
You are in our hearts and prayers. Know that your son is in the arms of God with our other brave soldiers.

God Bless you and your family,
Sheldon and Loretta Bridges
proud parents of SSGT Steven H Bridges
8/22/1970-12/08/2003
Iraq"
Sheldon & Loretta of Tracy, CA USA

"I will miss you chris"
donovan of rancho cordova

"To the Palmer Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Christopher is a true American Hero who has helped to prevent another 9/11. Christopher will always be remembered and honored. We are praying for all of you. May God Bless you all and God Bless Christopher."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Christopher will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Christopher's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To the Family of PVT Christopher Palmer : My deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one. Mere words cannot express my grief for you. I too lost a son while serving with the 173rd in Iraq. Please know that you have joined our "special" family. If there is anything you need or want to know, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will do anything to help. Deb Yashinski Proud Gold Star Mother of SGT Michael Yashinski"
Mommaski of Irondale, AL

"Thank you Christopher Palmer, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Christopher Palmer:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Christopher for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Christopher Palmer:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Christopher, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on