Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Palmer

24, of Blandinsville, Illinois.
Palmer died as a result of a non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Died on November 8, 2004.

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"I provided convoy security with Cpl Palmer for a few convoys in Iraq. He definitely was the epitome of a Cpl of Marines. He expected so much of the men under his charge and held himself to a higher standard. Oorah Cpl Palmer. You are not forgotten and we remain Semper Fi"
Ssgt David Daam of Kalamazoo Michigan

"I severed with Cpl. Joshua Palmer in Iraq in 2004 to 2005. You will always be by our side and forever in our hearts brother. SEMPER FIDELIS MARINE!!"
Jeff Scott of Honolulu, Hawaii

"I served with Joshua at Camp LeJeune North Carolina. He was perhaps the best operator that I have served with. He was a true, honest and hard working young man. We entered into Iraq together for the initial invasion on March 20, 2003. He was a very brave young man who didn't consider his own life, at risk, to be to big of a danger for his country. He is a true Marine!! Semper Fidelis Josh.. I miss you and I thank you!"
Sgt. James Voydetich of Hot Springs Arkansas 71901

"I served with Joshua at Camp LeJeune North Carolina. He was perhaps the best operator that I have served with. He was a true, honest and hard working young man. We entered in Iraq together for the initial invasion on March 20, 2003. He was a very brave young man who didn't consider his own life at risk to be to big of a danger for his country. He is a true Marine!! Semper Fidelis Josh.. I miss you Joshua and I thank you!"
Sgt. James Voydetich of Hot Springs Arkansas 71901

"Semper Fidelis brother you are missed and always remembered.

GySgt Villaverde
Iraq 2004-2005"
Aaron Villaverde of Twentynine Palms CA

"You are remembered today-"
Don of London Mills IL

"I Am a marine mom who is connected to operation care package. They had memorial bracelets and dog tags made in honor of our fallen heroes. I had the honor of purchasing your son's bracelet. I thought you would like to know he will never be forgotten for his sacrifice for our country. If you would like to have the bracelet please contact me and I would be honored to mail it to you. May God give you peace. Sincerely Michele grimmer
I'm on Facebook or you may call me at home 815-485-4945"
Michele grimmer of New Lenox,il

"Rip cpl Palmer CPl salguero"
Edwin a salguero of Lorton va

"To the family of:Joshua D. 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" 1-3-11"

"I did not know Josh Palmer personally but I respect his bravery tremendously. I know my brother Ben Valk thinks about his service members often. I feel for the families with loved ones abroad. I'm thankful everyday that my brother came back alive.....twice! Their courage and sacrifice has not gone unnoticed."
Sena Valk of Lansing, MI USA

"I am Very sad for your loss and yet Praise God for the safety of my own son who survived this whole ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always."
Richard Valk of Holland MI. USA

""To any Family and Friends of the fallen Marine: My name is Sgt Mariko C. Willis, I serve with 6th ESB and I also am the C.O.O of the Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation. My family started a non-profit organization in memory and honor of my deceased brother Cpl. Willis back in 2004. The Foundation has built a MEMORIAL CABINET in honor of the four fallen Marines attached to 6th ESB OIF I: LCpl Jeffery Lam, SSgt David Ries, Cpl Joshua Palmer and LCpl Thomas Zapp. I would like to make contact with friends and/or family so that we can attain pictures/bio's and any other memoriabilia you may want presented in this case to honor your fallen Marines. Please contact me at Mariko.Willis@usmc.mil or MarikoCWillis@aol.com.

Semper Fi""
Sgt Mariko C. Willis of Battle Creek, MI USA

"Josh was a smart, imaginative child and I enjoyed being his fifth grade teacher. I remember how he liked to keep a copy of Foxfire (a guidebook for woodsy living with tips on things like hunting and skinning animals and living off the land) in his desk. He had an adventurous and kind heart. He was so energetic that, during silent reading, he would walk the back of the room with his book, pivet, and continue without looking up from his reading. He loved the attention he got from playful teasing of the girls and would smile broadly when they would chorus, "Josh!!!" Today, I teach younger children and when we say the Pledge or observe Veteran's Day, I often think of him. The Josh that I knew was an all-American boy and he is truly a hero to me."
June Russell of Lewistown IL

"I didn't know this young man. I came to the website because I feel an obligation to each and every one of the men and women listed here and to every member of our armed forces for their courage and sacrifice. Words can't begin to express the deep sadness that I felt when I read the messages left for Mr. Palmer as tears began to stream down my face. What a couragous young man. He shall never be forgotten!"
TS of Macomb, IL USA

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Joshua D. Palmer:
Joshua 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 Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

""Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" Semper Fi Marine"
Raul Fiveash, CWO3 Ret. of Yuma, AZ

"I served with Josh the first time he went to Iraq. I miss him everyday. He brought so much to our platoon and our group of friends. He was a big part of my support while in Iraq. I love him and miss him."
Lisa S. Marshall (Trup) of Beaufort, SC

"I never had the chance to meet this hero but I pray for his family daily. This MARINE gave everything for our freedom and we could never honor him as much as he deserves for this. Semper Fi"
Joshua Neally of Wichita, KS

"I only had a short time with my husband,and even shorter time getting to know his family.Josh was a very giving and loving person who really touched everyone who he came in contact with.Doug and Carol I'm truely sorry for your loss but I did and do love Josh with every breath I take,he will always be in my thoughts till the day I die.I wish you all the best. Love Always Christine"
Christine Palmer of Hubert,Nc

"I may not have known Josh very long, but he was my step father and i love him with all of my heart. it was so hard to find out that he was gone. He meant so much to me, my mother, and my sister. Josh, I'm sorry i didnt get to say good-bye, but you know i love and miss you, and always will."
Justine Kohrs of Hubert, NC

"I served with Josh in the Corps for most of my enlistment. He taught me everything that made me successful there. I still strive to honor him as there is not a day goes by that I do not think of him. I have even re-enlisted to train young infantry soldiers mostly because of him. God bless you bro. My prayers are with you friends and family."
Sgt. Kevin Taylor of Flint, MI

"My name is Cliff Lewis and I served with Josh from (1999 to 2002) at Camp Leguene NC where we had a good sized group of friends that were close. All of us got out with in months of each others and all new that it was jsut 4 years. Josh and I ot out I believe 3 days of eachother and it was a hard last couple months. As bad as he wanted out I could not believe he went over seas in the end and did not come back. We lost a great friend and a damn good Marine. We miss you Jed and we'll see you soon. Love ya bud."
Cliff Lewis of Modesto, Ca

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Our family misses Josh so much. All the messages from everyone are a great comfort. Josh really cared about people. He touched alot of lives. I am so proud of my nephew."
Brenda Palmer of Carthage, Il.

"Its tuff to deal with this, Josh was my cuzin n great friend. I looked up to Josh in so many ways and he ment so much to me and are family. We r all so proud of him and miss him a great deal but we no he is in a good place right now. Are greatest thoughts and prayers to Doug and Carol and Amanda."
Travis Hobby of LaHarpe,Illinois

"It is tough for me to swallow this pain that aches in my heart. Josh meant a lot to me as a friend. We served together in 1999-2002, I got out and I believe he was doing the same. The memory of josh I have is Christmas 2002, I drove him and I home for the holidays. I’m sure his Dad remembers me telling Josh that some drunk driver wrecked my car. We were more scared about getting in trouble, then the car. We had a blast, especially for being in a car for 18 hours. We talked for hours but yet, I feel I didn’t know everything about him. Being that we were both from Illinois I felt we could stay close. That is the worst feeling you get when you get out of the Marine Corps. It’s like losing your entire family in one day. Now I see why people reenlist. Josh had so much to live for. When I did find this out I was devastated. So I chose the best thing I can do for Josh is come back and finish what he started. So I sit here now with a real purpose of this war. My friend had a vision that one man could make a change. Now I will complete it for him. I would like to end with a simple thought. Being on this deployment, I've learned from it is about trying to understand what we actually go through during our daily challenges. We cringe when we come home and people thank us in that hollow way for "fighting for our country." What we been through is so much more than that. Some of it we are proud of, some of it we are not. Many Fathers and Mothers, just pray to see their sons and daughters walk through that door. I will always remember you Josh.

Sincerely your Friend"
Robert Walsh of Fallujah, Iraq

"I was the "other" or "shorter" Cpl. Palmer of our unit. We ended up doing so many pairs of things by accident. We shared the same last name. We shared the same rank. We took seperate airlines back to Cali. but were the only 2 Marines to have their baggage lost at the airport. I almost had to take shome shots (medical) for him! He almost had to take some shots for me! We dang near had the same initials!! Thank goodness we had different SSNs!! I only knew him for a few months but he was a great Marine. I'm proud to share the same last name and am proud to carry it on for him."
Cpl. Palmer, James R. of Battle Creek, MI

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"we will miss you."
Dancie of scottsburg In

"To the family of Cpl. Joshua Palmer:
I served with Josh in California and Iraq, while I only knew him a few months his friendship has changed my life forever. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and his bravery. He was the epitomy of a Marine and patriotic American I only hope that one day I can be half as heroic and self-less as your son was. I keep him and your entire family in my prayers and hope that fond memories of him help to ease your sadness. I know he will always be a part of my life and every one else who had the pleasure of knowing him."
Cpl. Nicholas Franco of Tucson, Az

"i also served with joshua from 99-2002
my name is james mcginn to the parents of
cpl palmer , your son was a great friend an outstanding marine and one of the best heavy equipment operaters i have ever met.through any amount of stress and adversity your son remained true
to himself his family and core
i wish i could have been half the marine
he was.i will always love and miss you truly semper fidelis devil dog.

james mcginn of clifton nj

"To the Family of Cpl. Joshua Palmer:
My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Josh's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To Doug, Carol, and Amanda, Josh was partially responsible for me joining the Marine Corps and I have always looked up to him. You all continue to be in my prayers and thoughts and know that I live and serve in the Marine Corps for him and all of our fallen brothers who have made that ultimate sacrifice. All the way from high school to the Marine Corps I will never forget his hard work ethic, personality, and charactor that made him so unique. Much love to you, and Semper Fidelis."
Sgt. Colby Yard USMC of La Harpe IL

"My name is Jeremy and I served with Josh in Missouri and North Carolina(1999-2002). I was extremely sad to hear of his death. Josh was one of my best buddies and a hell of a worker. I love you brother and will never forget you. semper fi

Sgt. Pelham
jeremy pelham of oceanside, ca

"To Doug, Carol, Amanda, and all of Josh's family and friends: I just wanted to leave you a message letting you know that you are still in my prayers and thoughts. Despite the sorrow I share with everyone who knew Josh in having lost such a considerate, loving, and noble young man, I am still able to smile in remembering Josh. I hope knowing how fondly he is remembered brings comfort in the days ahead."
Misty Nelson of Normal, IL

"My Son is named Joshua. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your boy, please take comfort that people remember him as a good man, a fine man.
I hope my Josh makes me as proud."
Karen Palmer of England

"Joshua thank you for being brave and fighting for us. You will never be forgotten. To your family i send my grief to you and i hope your doing well."
Britne Shuler of Austin, Indiana United States

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joshua will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Corporal Palmer, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Joshua's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Joshua 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 Cpl. Joshua 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 Joshua 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 Cpl. Joshua 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 Joshua, 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