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82nd Paratrooper Killed by Enemy Fire in Iraq

Posted June 26, 2007

— An 82nd Airborne paratrooper from Kansas has been killed in fighting in Iraq, the Army announced Tuesday.

Spc. Eric C. Palmer, assigned to the First Battalion of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the division's Third Brigade Combat Team died Monday in a town called Salah Ad Din, the Army said. Enemy small-arms fire killed him, the announcement said.

Palmer, who is from Maize, Kan., joined the Army in 2004 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne in 2005. He had received the Broze Star and a Purple Heart along with several other awards, the Army said.


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  • the alliance Jun 28, 2007

    This is a soldier who served with honor. Not like the deserter scum that leave. At least this soldier stayed. He's a true American. Let the 82nd achieve victory or let no man return alive.

  • uncblue Jun 27, 2007

    JuanitaSWebb: My prayers are with you and your family for the safety of your husband. My son-in-law (Chris) is with the 82nd Airborne and is stationed in Afghanistan also. I am a Viet Nam era retired veteran and realize that the wars we are fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan are like ghosts because it is not conventional warfare. I am spearheading a drive at my church to support Chris and another church member's son-in-law just deployed to Iraq by sending cards and care packages. If all church and civic groups adopted a troop overseas, they would know we supported them. I met a gentleman at Office Max last night whose father-in-law is with the 82nd and is headed back to Iraq for the second time. Even if we do not support the wars, we need to give our full support to our troops.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Jun 27, 2007

    R.I.P Warrior..thanks to you and your family for your sacrifice...Drive on 82nd.

  • parawife Jun 27, 2007

    My husband is in Afghanistan now he is also in the 82nd.God bless you and your family during this painful time.God be with all our soldiers and families.

  • Retired nurse Jun 27, 2007

    Thoughts and prayer's go out to the young man's family and to all the soldier's and families serving in foreign countries and on USA soil as well.

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Jun 26, 2007

    Prayers go out to family of the young man. Obviously one of great courage with the receipt of a Bronze (note correction of the misspelling from N&O story) and a Purple Heart already. Thanks to all who are serving.

  • katgoesloco Jun 26, 2007

    lilbit, I hope for the safe return of your son, and everyone's sons and daughters.

  • diwanicki Jun 26, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family,friends and other service members.

  • mustysteer Jun 26, 2007

    I agree, lilbit. My prayers and wishes go out for a safe return to you and yours, as well as all that are over there in harm's way.

  • lilbit278 Jun 26, 2007

    Having a son in the military, my heart and prayers goes out to this family in their time of grief.