Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer

25, of Banning, California.
Palmer died due to injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 8, 2004.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Marine 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer.


Contributions to the Families of the Fallen


Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"Even though it's been 12 years, Josh will never be forgotten! Always in our hearts! Semper Fidelis!"
Stacey Barnes of San Clemente, CA

"Josh, thinking of you today. Semper Fidelis"
Jarrad of Arlington, VA

"Josh, you will always be remembered!! Hard to believe it's been 11 years. You are deeply missed and loved!! Semper Fi"
Stacey Barnes of San Clemente, CA

"Josh you are not forgotten. I miss you and think of you often. Your wisdom, goodness, and dedication are and always will be an inspiration. Until we meet again..."
Victoria Jezik of Escondido, CA

"This day never passes without thinking of you and the great man that was taken from this world way too early in life. You are a true hero in every sense of the word. Your legacy continues as a source of inspiration to those who were honored to know you. You are deeply missed."

"It's April 8th, 11 years since Fallujah and your death there. Your picture hangs proudly in our home, and always will. It was a privilege to know you. You still have a strong presence here and with everyone you met. In that way, you did change the world for the better, and are still changing it. May you continue to guide your marines as they remember you."
David & Ellen Hedman of Jaffrey, NH

"R.I.P sir, this man was my platoon commander and was in the house with me when he passed. R.I.P. SSgt. This man was my SOI instructor and I saw him before the medivac came and got him.his last words I heard was of his son... what amazing marines these two were. - bravo 1/5 2004"
Ssgt Carlo Gonzalez (cpl then) of fallbrook california. 3/1 india now

"You are never forgotten brother. Semper Fi"

"Josh, hard to believe it's been ten years. You are never forgotten. Semper Fi"
Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Semper Fi"
Babu of Manassas, VA

"We grew up together. You knew what you wanted long before I did and I admired you for it. You're why I serve, why I do what I do and why I do it proudly. You died a young man, but a man nonetheless. May I honor my loved ones and this country as nobly you have."
CTI1 Parker, Matthew, USN

"Thinking of You & Your Family Today Sir... WE will NEVER forget you..."
Cassie Harrell - Sister Of SSGT Harrell of Idaho

"Josh...I was walking around the city tonight and thought of our adventure there. Memories of you hit me like a ton of bricks and brought me to this site tonight. After all this time the tears are still streaming down my face as I write this. Thank you for blessing me with the memories I have of you and the honor of just knowing you. You will always be in my heart!"

"As I sit and enjoy the freedoms with which we are blessed on this Memorial Day 2012, I find myself thinking of you Josh and how thankful I am to you and all who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice to ensure those freedoms. I am reminded of the love you had for freedom and your desire to have shared that freedom with those around the world. Your sacrifice did just that, brought freedom to so many and I will never forget that. I can't wait to see you again one day when we both have the privelege of guarding Heaven's streets. Until then, keep leading from the front as you always did! Semper Fi brother."
Sgt. John Thompson of Gilbert, AZ

"As Memorial Day 2012 is upon us, I will never forget all the sacrifices you unselfishly gave in order to help make our country a better place. I will never forget the lives you have influenced and impacted in a meaningful way. Your sacrifices will forever live in the hearts and minds of those whom you’ve touched with your loving soul. Semper Fidelis!"
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Josh, it's hard to believe it's been eight years since your death. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis!"
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Happy Birthday Joshua , you remain in our thoughts and prayers, we love you very much."
Uncle Rusty of Hemet Ca

"Joshua, as we celebrate memorial day we thank you for your bravery, you will always remain in our thoughts and prayers. You'll never be forgotten. Love always Uncle Rusty"
John Nieblas of Hemet Ca.

"Josh, It's now May, 2011 and we miss you as much as ever. Time does not heal all wounds. Thanks for all that you, and your memory, has done to influence so many people here on earth. Be proud!"
Dave and Ellen Hedman of Jaffrey, NH


You are a hero in every sense of the word. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for your country, and for all of us so that we may be free. We honor you and love you! God bless you and your family."
Vincent Soares of Southbury, CT


I have been eating at the Farm House since moving to Beaumont in 1990. I remember you and your Mom very well. I only pray more Americans can be half the Man you didn't have to be. May God Bless you and your family, you'll always be a hero to me!"
Christopher Soares of Beaumont, CA

"Joshua you continue to remain in our thoughts and prayers. We love and miss you."
John NIeblas of Hemet CA

"8 April 2011

Thinking of you and the ultimate sacrifice you made for us. You will always be remembered.

Semper Fidelis"
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Remembering You & Your Family Today... We are Thankful for you everyday...Sending you Prayers, and Love..."
Cassie Harrell

"Dear Josh,
We miss you buddy! Keep watching over Stacey. Semper Fi!"
Capt David Mathews of Elizabethtown, PA

"Wearing my Joshua Palmer shirt today on my run in honor of a brave, selfless man."
Capt Rich Dawson of Tampa, FL

"Joshua, yesterday was Veteran's day and another year has come and gone and we're still missing you, you will remain in our hearts always,Appreciate your sacrifice, Uncle Rusty"
John Nieblas of Hemet Calif

"Joshua, we never knew eachother that well but, I'm honored to be related to you."

"To my cousin, you have taught me more than i need to know, i love you so much it killz me :("
Eric Palmer of Yucca Valley C.A.

"To my cousin, you have taught me more than i need to know, i love you so much it killz me :("
Eric Palmer of Yucca Valley C.A.

"Josh, your love for our country and others will forever be remembered. Semper Fidelis"
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"I recently visited the restaurant where you grew up and worked. I saw the outpouring of love for you, and I felt the grief that your family must have felt when you left this life. My own son is a marine, so it is easy to feel some of the sting which your family carries every day of their lives. But to you, Lieutenant, I just want to say:

Rest in peace, beautiful boy. Your life mattered. Well done."
Doug of Newhall, Ca.

"To the Palmer family,
I stopped into the Farmhouse restaurant tonight on my way back to San Diego, and learned of your loss. I also noted with great sadness that today would have been Joshua's birthday, and as a mother, I know that this day will forever have special meaning to your family. I had the privilege of serving with Marines my entire Navy career, including taking two of the MEUs to Iraq and Afghanistan on my ship. I prayed every day they were on the ground that we could bring them all home, knowing that some would pay the ultimate sacrifice. I didn't know your son, but I respect and honor his (and your) sacrifice. May God Bless Joshua, your family, and all our servicemen and women who wear the cloth of our nation.
With deep respect,
Karen O'Connor
Force Master Chief
United States Navy, Retired"
Karen of San Diegp

"Joshua, today is Veterans Day and yesterday your mom invited me and Henriette to have dinner with Dave and Ellen Hedman at the FarmHouse. Justin and Kole and Barbara were also there. Justin and Kole have a six week old son and they named him Thomas Joshua ( we've started calling Thomas J )I Held him last night for the first time. We spent the evening talking about how special you were and how much we all still miss you. Joshua you are always in our thoughts Love Always Uncle Rusty, Aunt Henri and Christina."
John Nieblas of Hemet CA

"Joshua, today is Veterans Day and yesterday your mom invited me and Henriette to have dinner with Dave and Ellen Hedman at the FarmHouse. Justin and Kole and Barbara were also there. Justin and Kole have a six week old son and they named him Thomas Joshua ( we've started calling Thomas J )I Held him last night for the first time. We spent the evening talking about how special you were and how much we all still miss you. Joshua you are always in our thoughts Love Always Uncle Rusty, Aunt Henri and Christina."
John Nieblas of Hemet CA

"Josh, I am thinking of you today on Veteran's Day and the selfless sacrifice you made as was so true to the great man you were. You are still in my thoughts and the memories I have of you will never be forgotten."

We have much in common. Both went to school in San Diego, both were commissioned USMC officers. Although I was never called to arms during my duty, I honor your selfless sacrifice and am proud to be your brother. To the Palmer family I offer my condolences and undying gratitude for your loss. Josh, is a great American and will live for eternity in heaven and the hearts of his fellow Marines."
Dave Gray of Chino Hills, CA

I didn't really know you that well, but I will never forget you"
Caitlyn of RSM California


"April 16, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Joshua M. 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

"8 April 2009

You will always be remembered, Josh."
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"It's been 5 years...but you will never be forgotten."
Babu of Washington D.C.

"To The Palmer Family:

I was a friend of Josh's at USD. I wear a memory bracelet in honor of him, and have also placed a cross in his honor at the Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, CA. I think of you all every time I drive by the Farm House Restaurant on my way to Palm Springs from San Diego! I hope you know how much I loved your son and how grateful I am to have met him and gotten to know him."
Shauna McMunn of San Diego, CA

"I went for a hike today in Joshua Tree National Park up to a quaint little house of an old miner built into the rocks. Inside the house, there was an old ammo box with a log book and where people had left momentos. Inside was a picture and a touching note on the back from a proud father. It said it was of 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer. I read it and was touched and overcome. Thank you for a sombering reminder of the bravery and dedication that still exists everyday. I hope that your family has found some sort of peace. I am going to be a US Marine in about 5 months when I graduate and head to TBS. I hope I can be half the Marine and person your son seemed to be from reading these heartfelt posts. I sincerely thank him for his sacrifice and service. God Bless America."
Kirby Jones of Annapolis, MD

"Dear Grandson Marc A Retmier US Navy
Corpsman 19 years old. You gave your life for your country June 18th 2008.
in Sharana Province Afghanistan. We love you and miss you more everyday.
We know you are looking down from Heaven
but we still want you back.
Love from Marc's Papa"
Dale C. Powers of Hemet, Ca. USA

"Joshua, we saw your mom today and she has put together a blood drive in your honor for Sept. 11th at the farmhouse restaurant . You continue to be appreciated and remembered by all for your great sacrifice. Love Always Uncle Rusty, Aunt Henri and Christina."
John Nieblas of Hemet California

We are thinking of you and your family on Memorial Day 2008. We will never forget."
The Ayres of Texas

"Memorial Day 2008

I but only can have faith that you can read this and your family receives comfort knowing that you made an impact on those who knew you. I'm glad to be in good company here. I knew you in college at USD, and today I can't help but wonder what kind of life you'd have had if you stayed with us. Given the chance to be a loving husband a father. No doubt, since you were a good man. Make no mistake even thought I had not seen you in 8 years I still miss you."
Chris Jordan, of San Diego, CA

"Josh, just the other day I was talking to some former 1/5 Marines that you served with. Your memories will forever be kept alive in our hearts and minds. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis"
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton

"Hi Josh,
It's 4 years since you left us to go to a better place. We think of you so often. It's a rare individual who makes such a lasting impression on people who know him for such a short time. I think the purpose of your life was to make us all better people, and it's astounding how well you have succeeded. Dick & Linda were down for a visit a few weeks ago, and we all remembered how much fun the game of "Hearts" was over Christmas break 2002-03. In about a week we'll be packing care packages for troops from the local area. Keep an eye on them all and help protect them from harm, as you so ably led and watched over your marines. Alex deploys in about a month. I think you'd consider him a good marine leader. Continue to watch over him as he goes in harm's way again. And thanks again for letting us get to know you."
Dave & Ellen Hedman of Jaffrey, NH

"Joshua - It will be 4 years this April since you left us and it's still unbelievable that you're gone. Your Mom and brother keep your memory alive. Jackie keeps a candle lit at the Farmhouse everyday and has a beautiful display in rememberance of you. You would be so proud of your brother Justin - he is an amazing person with incredible faith. Many times he says grace at family get-togethers with you in mind. Your incredible drive and love for learning has inspired your cousins Sarah, Michael, Jessie, Ali, Travis and Christina to go to college. Jessie graduates this year and we know you would be so proud of her. You inspire all of us and this world is a better place because of you. We miss you - with Love and Prayers (March 2008)"
Uncle Rusty & Aunt Henri Nieblas of Hemet, California

"Joshua it's been a while, but I just want to let you know how much we all miss you. It has been really hard to cope with your passing, but I know we will meet again."
Your cousin Tim of Lake Forest

"The East Valley Memorials Foundation has honored Joshua Palmer with a tile that has been placed on the "The Ultimate Sacrifice" Wall at the Coachella Valley Cemetery.
To Joshua's Family, please contact the East Valley Memorials Foundation President J. Zelazny-(760)347-0841."
East Valley Memorials Foundation of Indio, CA

"It's been more than 3 years, but the memories I have of you will never fade away... I wear your FallenHeroes bracelet along with the bracelet of my boyfriend who is going on his 4th tour of duty to Iraq in another month - I know I always ask this of you, but please continue to watch out for him while he's there. You've done a great job so far. I miss you, man."
Shauna of Palm Desert, CA

"Happy Birthday, Josh. You will never be forgotten."
Capt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Man, I still miss you. :-) But I want you to know that I'm still the person you helped me to be. I make my choices based on respect and integrity, and I do it because you taught me to. It's been more than three years, and I still miss you. But I also know that I'll see you again. Hey, I'm one third there! :-) I love you."
Laura of Cypress, CA

"We'll Miss You Joshua Micheal ¢¾"
Ashley&Anissa Elisarraras of Indio, California

"Hey big cousin I just wanted to write to say that I miss you so much. I just got home form a dinner at the Farmhouse to see Jess off to Washington D.C. it still isn't the same to go to dinner there without you. I still think that it will be any moment untill you walk through those doors. I'm so proud of you and always have been! I love and miss you! Love Sarah"
Sarah Galvan of Corona, Ca

Hey budy I was thinking about you and could not believe it has been 3 years. All the sleep overs at your house and all of the silly movies that we made really were great times. Thanks for helping me through college. You are truly missed in the BNG and never forgotten!"
Michael Booth of Banning, Ca

"Just wanted to let you know that we still think of you and miss you Josh. It was 3 years ago on the 8th. I know Chris feels the loss every day."
Renee' of Texas

"Josh, it is hard to believe that tomorrow marks the three year aniversary
since you went to be with God. You continue to live within our hearts and minds. Your love and sacrifice shall forever be remembered."
1stLt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"26 March 2007

To the parents and family of Joshua Palmer - your Nation's citizens have not forgotten Joshua and his fellow Warriors."
C. Teague of SoCal, USA

"December 23, 2006

Our Marine son and Josh were best friends at USD and at Quantico, hiking, mt. biking, and Jeeping around the country together. Alex brought him home for Christmas, 2002, where we grew to know and love this very special young man. He was playful and fun, helpful, appreciative, very knowledgeable about most anything that came up, dedicated to his country and its ideals, played joyfully in the snow and on the ice with us (mostly new to a southern Californian!), and when they left for Quantice in early January 2003, it would be the last time we would see him except for a brief hello in April in Quantico. He was very focused and training hard for his military job. Sadly, Josh was killed on our son's 25th birthday. When we discussed that we wanted Josh to be Alex's personal Guardian Angel, Alex said that might not be a good idea, since it was Josh who led the two of them into the hairiest situations! But we dismissed that, and truly believe that with Josh and God watching over our Marine son as he now serves in Iraq, he is truly in good hands. Joshua is unforgettable. Love from Ellen and David Hedman"
David & Ellen Hedman of Jaffrey, NH

Just wanted to let you know that you were with us this weekend. I have you on my bracelette. Chris and I celebrated the MC birthday and Veterans day at the Wall area in DC. We thought of you, talked of you and all the other Marines we knew that have gone on to guard the gates of heaven.
Just know you have not been forgotten."
Renee' of VA

"Joshua, you achieved many things in your short life and I know that it was very special for your cousins and family to meet with President Bush and be present for the awarding of your Bronze Star medal. It was also a special honor for the author of " Imperial Grunts " Robert Kaplan to dedicate his book to you. Joshua I will always be very proud of you and miss you very much. Love always Uncle Rusty"
John Nieblas of Hemet California

"To all the Banning boys-We all miss Josh so much. He's one of the few people from HS that I wish I had kept in touch with. I like to remember us Bowling, Hanging out at Denny's, Knott's Scary Farm, Hide and go seek in the dark. Jackie-we wrecked havoc on your house, sorry if we ever broke anything! If anyone has copies of those movies you guys used to make I would love to see them! I know everyone sees Josh as a Marine, but I'll always remember him as "The Boy Who Fell Asleep With His Head On My Lap" By the way, I know hate is such a stong word, but I really really don't like Ariel. I still feel robbed. And to Stacey-I'm glad he had someone to love that wasn't Ariel."
PnutBnJelli@verizon.net of Beaumont, CA

"Joshua I can not believe it has been so long since your you left us, every body back home is still devastated that you're gone. Though I am heart broken to have you gone I am also proud to be related to the bravest Marine that EVER lived."
Your Cousin Tim Nieblas "Little Man" of Lake Forest, California, USA

"I did not find out about Josh's death until May of last year. I have never cried so much for someone I hardly knew. I knew Josh only for a short time but the memories I have of him I will always hold in a special place in my heart. On the day of the second anniversary of his death I am thinking of him and praying for his family as well as all of the so many other lives he touched. He was one of the best men I have ever met and I am so very proud to have known him. He will never be forgotten."
Melissa of Watertown, MA

"I can't believe it has been two years. Chris called your mom today. He thinks about you all the time. He misses you and Ssgt Harrell.
You will never be forgotten."
Renee' Ayres of Houston Texas

"Josh, I can hardly believe another year has gone by since your death. As 8 April marks the two-year anniversary of your death, I find myself on another deployment. And as I sit here alone in thought, I cannot help but to take on tears of sadness. Yes, life goes on after you, and it has, but there remains an ache in my heart. I shall forever remember the time and love we shared together."
1stLt Stacey Barnes of NAG

"Joshua M. Palmer.

At my sons graduation from Quantico Marine Base - The Basic School, memorial tee shirts were handed out in his memory. I received one tee shirt and it hangs in my office where anyone who comes to see me must pass by it. It has been hanging there for more than 1.5 years and I have taken it upon myself to say a prayer for his family and friends every day. He needs not my prayers as he is in heaven. It is us poor souls that I hope to comfort.

God bless you all."
Andrew Kopach of Schenectady, NY USA


You will always be in my heart; I will never forget the sacrifice you made for us. I promise to honor you and your memory for the rest of my life, as I know you would have for mine. That’s the great thing about you Josh, I know you would do the same for any one of us, that’s how good of a person you are. I wish that I could go back to the carefree days when you would let me and any number of Marines stay the night at your dorm room on the USD campus. I want you to know that not a day has gone by that I don’t think about you. It was a blessing to have been able to know you. You will be missed my dear friend Joshua, but NEVER forgotten.

Semper Fi,

Jeff Peiten

Jeff Peiten of West Covina, California

"To the family of:Joshua M. Palmer I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"I met Josh back at the University of San Diego. We had a class together. He made a great impression. He had just finished OCS when our class started. I only knew him for a few months, but I remembered him and was deeply sadden to hear that he died. He seemed so motivated and disciplined, so proud of being a Marine. He was smart, funny and engaging. I am very proud to have known him, even for a short time. I know his memory will be a blessing to all who knew him."
Dan of Palo Alto, CA

"Josh, I love you man. You are my brother and friend for ever. From Cub Scouts with the Ricardio's all the way to being in the same unit in the Marine Corps, you and I have done a ton together. Although I joined the Corps a year before you did, you were a great example to me as a Marine and a person. You helped countless people make big life decisions with your great advise, wise cracks, and kindness. Your life was truly one of service, until the very end. This message does no justice to the great life you lead. I was with you throughout your life, and I will be with you again one day, as we laugh and reminisce about the good times, high school, the BNG, the bench, the Marine Corps, our friends, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and rest in the presence of our lord. You died serving your beloved Corps, country and mankind. You are a good man. I love you brother, and I know I will see you again one day in Paradise."
SSgt. Ryan Hansen of Murrieta, Ca.

"Josh... Thank you for all you stand for and all your sacrifice for your country!!! Peace be with you!!!!
Love from; The Palmer Family in Maryland...
Happy Memorial Day to your family..."
Lisa Palmer Knisley of Finksburg, MD/USA

"Dearest Josh,
You will always be my hero. I remember you every day and will forever be thankful for having you in my life. To Jackie, Justin and all of Josh's family and friends. May you find peace in the sacrifice that he made for us a year ago."
Kira Skavinski of Westbury, NY

"Never forgotten. Thank you. My prayers are with you at this anniversary time."
Christine 1/5 mom of Rome GA

"7 April. Josh Palmer died a year ago tomorrow leading his Marines from the front. At a time when we call all members of the service heroes, it's worth remembering those who really are. Josh was a much better person than he was a platoon commander. He was genuine, thoughtful, selfless, and relentless in his efforts to make his Marines better. I think about him all the time and wish I would have made more of an effort to appreciate his qualities that most of us lack. I hope that in the last year those who knew him best have been able to gain some comfort from the knowledge that Josh was a good man, lived a good life, and continues to be remembered.

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.

Julius Caesar II, Shakespeare"

"If there is a memorial service, will someone please let me know too? His 1 year anniversary is this Friday."
Laura Sage of Cypress, CA

"March 29,2005

I met Joshua back when we were in the Reserves in Miramar. I was unable to attend his funeral services last year because I didn't find out until much later that he had passed away. I would really like to attend his memorial service this year if possible. If anyone has any information can they please e-mail it to me @ RParker@pechanga-nsn.gov or Bparker331@excite.com. Please, if anyone knows anything about his service, I would really appreciate it."
Roxana Parker of Murrieta, Ca.

"Lieutenant Palmer,
You are a true patriot and you will be forever immortalized among those other Marine patriots who have gone before you. I know that you are walking beside those Marines still fighting the fight in Iraq. Please walk beside my son, L/Cpl. Mario De Lucia, a Rifleman in India - 3/2 who is on patrol in Al Anbar now. Give him the strength to do his duty. Push him the way you pushed your Marines. Help him to get home safely to us.

God Bless You Lieutenant Palmer!
Semper Fi!

Mario De Lucia
Mario De Lucia of Shirley, Long Island


I read the following quote the other day, and I immediately thought of you.

"My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die." Phil 1:20 GNT

I know how much you love and respect the Marines of 3d Platoon. I also know that you will never forget them and what they mean to you. I do not know if they ever knew just how proud you are of them. They may have not always understood your reasoning behind why you pushed them to do more, to give more--but I know why, because you told me: You wanted them to rise above all challenges, and to grow as individuals and as Marines.

You never failed in your duties or faltered in your courage, and you brought honor to Christ--in life and in death.

I still miss you very much, but I know I will see you again at the appointed time. I love you. Semper Fidelis."
1stLt Stacey Barnes of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

We still think of you everyday.
You are missed"
Renee' of Texas

"Dear Palmer Family and Friends,
When I asked for a Fallen Heroes bracelet last month I didn't imagine it would mean so much to me. As a Marine veteran of Viet Nam with a teenage son in college I knew what every American knows - that our best and dearest are serving in Iraq and that we all pray for them and the families of all the service members stationed around the world.

Some of the Marines now in the Indian Ocean helping with the tsunami recovery may also be stationed at Camp Pendleton as Joshua and I were. I will wear Joshua's Fallen Heroes bracelet with honor until all our children have returned from Iraq and keep it in my heart for all time.
Take care. Mike Carey"
Mike Carey of Menlo Park, California

"Jackie, Justin, and Mark,

I wanted you all to know that I pray for you daily, also. And that your son/brother will never be forgotten. Ever. And that we all recognize that while Josh gave his life, he is in a better place now, and that the real suffering is endured by those left behind, waiting to see him again. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, that you may be strengthened as you endure your time apart, and that your hearts may find joy at the expectation of seeing Josh again. I know that he loves you all very much. He often told me that he felt guilty about not having expressed it better, but that no matter what, you were his family and that he would always love you. He loves you still, and is with you as you endure this trial. I am sure that his heart aches that he is unable to give you more comfort at this time, but I can promise you that you will see him again. That is the one of the great gifts our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave us, that we will all live again, and that we will be together again. Until that time, just remember that he is still there, listening and watching, and loving you."
Laura Sage of Cypress, CA

It's hard for me to express how your life and death have affected me. I truly respect everything about you, especially your unfailing and enduring spirit and your ability to live every day to the fullest. I will really miss debating with you and laughing with you. You always understood where I was coming from. I look foward to seeing you in Heaven.
With all my love,
Victoria Jezik of Riverside, CA

I am so grateful for our time together. I will never ever forget you. I will love you always."
Vanessa Jezik of Riverside, CA

I never met you. I only knew of you because my nephew is a a marine and know you well. Thank you for what you did for me and my family. God Bless You and your family for the sacrifice you made"
ELizabeth Havrilla of N. Plainfield, NJ, USA

"Josh, I still love you. Part of me always will. I am the person that I am today because of you. I have you to thank for all of the happiness that I have, because it was you who found me and cared for me, and made me into something valuable. Your example still guides me everyday. I know that God meant for you and I to share the time that we did, so that we could learn and grow from one another. And I know that He also meant for you and I each to move on. I am only grateful that we have both made the best of choices in the paths our lives have taken, and in the people we've chosen to share them with. I want you to know that I am happy that you found Stacey. I want you to be happy, Josh, and I know that you were with her. I know that you will both be happy again, together. I pray for that with peace. I have the utmost respect for all of your choices, and I know that you know what you were doing was right. You've always done what's right. You've always surrounded yourself with good people. You've always lived up to the highest expectation. Your impression on this world will be forever lasting, in all of the lives you've touched and all of the people you've helped to define. We are better because of you. I am better because of you, and I thank God for that."
laura sage of Cypress, CA

"Dear Joshua
My dear friend. Sorry that I was not at your funeral, but I want you to know that I loved you like a brother, as did all the BNG boys. You were always there when we needed you. You were so brave to volunteer and serve our country. You could have done anything, you were so smart, but you chose your country even over your own life. That is something that I will forever be in gratitude for. Know that you were loved and will be missed. I remember the sleep overs and the camp outs. WE all remember it all. BNG will never forget you. You have left a legacy hard to fulfill. Peace out"
David N. Booth of Banning, Ca.

"Dear Palmer Family,

I came across Lt Palmer's name when I was looking for a friend of mine who had been killed in action as well. I stopped to read about Josh because we have a few things in common, one is both of us are soldiers, the other is that my last name is Palmer as well. I feel for your loss and would like to send my payers to your family."
PFC Ashley E. Palmer United States Army of Thousand Oaks, California/United States

"God bless Josh, his family, his girlfriend, and friends. Where would this world be without the Josh Palmers' of history who have stepped forward to do the dirty work to preserve and better the lives of all? I believe he joins a unique fraternity of human beings who have given all for the good of humanity. I have no doubt he's in the company of others who have done what most of us have a hard time even imagining. I've always been awestruck by our veterans, and I'm so thankful for what they've done throughout our history. It's so tough to accept the passing of these hero's, but his loved ones need to know that were thinking about them, and Josh is a true hero. His sacrifice in the name of peace and freedom is noble, and I believe he resides in a special place reserved for the warriors who gave it all.

Please carry on in Josh’s spirit, and understand you’re in the thoughts of millions. We share the pain you're feeling.

God bless all of you."
The Irwin Family of Farmington, MN

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Palmer and the entire Palmer Family,

Joshua truly is an American hero, just as admirable as the men we read about in our history books. His life was a quintessential American life: confident, strong and valient, with a purpose to make the world better for God’s children.

While God has taken Joshua at a young age, I think it is fair to say that Joshua lived more – and accomplished more – in his time on earth than many men three times his age.

And Joshua still lives on. He lives in all of your hearts, and he lives in the hearts of all Americans who will learn about his story. When in future years, I tuck my children into bed at night and tell them about the good and wonderful country that we live in, I will tell them that America is great because Her people are so good. And I will tell my children about men like Joshua Palmer, who like the Patriots and heroes of the past, gave his life so that they and other children all around the world would grow up in a better world than the one we live in today.

In time, I truly hope your sadness gives way to the pride you must feel when thinking about Joshua. He made a difference in his life and touched the hearts of many around the world. He continues to do so in his death. We can only wish such a meaningful life for all.

God Bless."
John of Virginia

"Here's a picture of his band of brothers praying over him after 1st Lt. Josh Palmer died due to hostile fire, leading his troops from the front to take out a sniper-nest.

Here's a recent story on Josh.

Honoured to have read your story, Josh-- Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.-- blessings to those you leave behind, and upon your Marine comrades in the heat of battle..."
Rev. Sean Taylor of Nova Scotia, Canada

"After hearing of 1stLt Palmer's fate I sent the following e-mail to my friends and family -

To All:

Today is Veterans Day. Like many of you, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I have not taken the time I should have to reflect and remember those who have served, been wounded, and/or died protecting our freedoms. I am an avid listener to the Hugh Hewitt Show (www.hughhewitt.com) and he read an e-mail on the air last night that was quite moving. Attached, you will find a copy of the e-mail from a woman who was engaged to a Marine lieutenant who was killed while leading his unit in Iraq. Even more moving is the eulogy that is also contained in the attachment. I know that every soldier has his story and I'm sure there are hundreds of stories out there like First Lieutenant Joshua Palmer. However, this young officer is the epitome of the American soldier and his story represents all who have served this nation and given the ultimate sacrifice. I also believe that his story illustrates the good that our men and women in uniform are doing in Iraq, something we don't see on the nightly news.

I also heard Captain David Christian on the radio this morning paying tribute to World War II veterans. For those who don't know, Captain Christian is one of the most highly decorated officers in US history. (His story can be found at his web site - http://www.davidchristian.us/) One of the things that he reminded the listeners was that support from home, and not just from family members and friends, is truly cherished by soldiers serving overseas. To paraphrase Captain Christian, a package from home is a piece of home for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. It reminds them of their loved ones, it gives them tangible proof of their support from the people back home, and it provides them with hope that they'll one day return home to all of the creature comforts to which they are accustomed.

You all know that I do not forward a lot of cute e-mails, sites, or pictures. I try to limit them because I know how bothersome they can be. However, I would like to recommend that you check out Soldiers' Angels - http://www.soldiersangels.com This is an established web site that does a lot of good for our men and women in uniform. As today is Veterans Day, and as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, I can think of no better time than to recommend this site to all of you. I have submitted a donation because I feel that it is a worthy cause. I would hope that you would consider doing so as well. If you feel it is a worthy cause, I would also ask that you pass this along to your friends and loved ones. The site provides details on how you can become involved on various levels.

As you all know me very well, you all know that I am not the type to send out an appeal like this. However, after reading First Lieutenant Palmer's story and after hearing Captain Christian, I decided that I could well-afford to spread some holiday cheer to those who are fighting for my country.

Thanks for your time and please keep our brave men and women in your thoughts and prayers.

Kenneth Borah, Jr. of Southampton, PA

"November 10, 2004

Dear Josh,

I still can't believe that you are no longer with us. I wish that I could have been at your funeral services. I wish that I could of talked to you more back in MALS 46. I can still remember the first time I ever saw you. I was surprise that a 17 year old would be so motivated to come to drill weekend with out getting paid. You were truly a motivated.Who can forget all the "working parties" we had to do along with Ryan? We juniors to everyone else and always got stuck doing that. Still, you would still show up to drill and not get paid. Wow!

I wish with all my heart that we would of kept in touch after I got out. I have so many memories of you, too many to count. I still smile when I remember an aurgument that you and (at the time ) Cpl. Neil had over the middle east. You guys went at it for a while. You always remain firm in what you believe was right.

Thank you so much for your sacrifice, thank you for everything you have done. You can be sure that you have touched so many hearts. You won't be forgotten. Semper Fi Marine and Happy Birthday"
Roxana Parker of Murrieta, Ca.

"Dear Josh,
You didn't receive my last e-mail but I know that you will recieve this one in heaven. I love you my big cousin I'm so proud of you and what you did for our family and country. I feel honored and blessed to be able to say that I not only had the privlege to know you but I have the honor to be able to say that we are related. Not one day goes by that I don't miss or think about you. You are truly my hero. I love you and will be with you again one day.

Thank you everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers."
Sarah Nieblas of Corona Ca

"Sweet Jackie, Joshus Palmer's mother. You know me as Tina and I know that this, you will understand. I could not be there in flesh for you, but I was there in spirit. I though of my sweet sons and could not "pay it forward" for you when this happened. I have read all the dear condolences on this site and had to add mine. I don't know if you will ever see this, but I want you to know that I am so proud of Joshua and you. You are the reason that I am proud to be an American.

I love you Jackie."
Tina Warner (friend) of Hemet, California

"RIP Sir"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

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

"This message is written in memory of my boyfriend 1st Lt Joshua M Palmer, who was tragically killed in Iraq on 8 Apr. 04. Your selfless dedication, loyalty, and sacrifice to our country, our Corps and your beloved Marines (all the boys of 1/5, specifically Bravo Co., 3rd Plt.) will forever be remembered. You fervently lived your life according to principles--"Ductus Exemplo," Leadership by Example, entailing leading Marines from the front is just one of the myriad principles of which you embraced and exemplified in your daily actions. You would never ask your Marines to do anything that you yourself would not do. You continuously emphasized that loving and taking care of your Marines meant training them hard, which often encompassed making tough decisions on their behalf; for when the time came, and it has, they would be prepared to endure and conquer any situation faced. As my Marines and I prepare for our upcoming deployment to Iraq, I promise to train us hard so that we, too, will be ready to surmount any situation faced. You are my hero, Josh. I am blessed and honored to have known you. You touched my life in many ways--and it will never be the same. I will see you again, my beloved Josh, when God promotes me to Heaven. Until then, I am loving you from earth. Semper Fidelis, Valiant Warrior."
2nd Lt Stacey Barnes of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. Our family is grieving for the loss of our brother-in-law whose life was taken on the same day as Joshua's. He and our brother-in-law, SSgt. William Harrell (aka Billy), both worked in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton. May God be your strength as he is ours."
The Lanksbury Family of Yorba Linda, California

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Joshua will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

There are many loving and caring Americans from all over the United
States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has
made for our Freedom. In the Support section of this web site you
will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial
time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a
quilt to the next of kin. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....Semper Fi"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Joshua's Family:
Please accept our condolences for your traggic loss, our hearts go out to your family. May God bless you all!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Joshua's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"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 1st Lt. 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 1st Lt. 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