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Two NC Marines killed in Afghanistan

Posted May 16, 2011

— Two North Carolina-based Marines were killed Thursday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf, 27, of Nashville, Tenn., was assigned to 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.

Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer, 43, of Modesto, Calif., was assigned to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Cherry Point.


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  • Fireflies Rock May 17, 2011

    Lt Col Ben Palmer is my husband's nephew. People sometimes forget that our military do have families and lives along with their military duties. There is a mother, wife, 4 children, and a brother, along with my husband and his sister who are grieving this horrible loss, along with local cousins here in Raleigh, as well. This has been a terrible shock to all of us. RIP Ben. You served your country honorably for 3 days shy of 25 years when you were killed last week.

  • albertleon7 May 17, 2011

    God Bless These Men!

  • granville93 May 17, 2011

    From the postings, it seems that just about everyone supports the troops. That is not the issue. From experience I know it comes down to each other and taking care of each other. You are there and you do your job. Reality is that not everyone get to come home alive. You just do what you can for each other.

    Former Dustoff Medic
    Vietnam. 1968-1970

  • elibbybh May 17, 2011

    Lt Col Palmer and his family are friends with my supervisor. This has been a terrible blow to his family. Regardless of your feelings about the war, we need to support our troops.

  • granville93 May 17, 2011

    .......and the beat goes on.

  • Eduardo1 May 17, 2011

    Semper Fi, brave men killed in the Obama war.

    Bring our boys home from this senseless "war"

    Sorry RB I agree with you about what they BELIEVE in, but...it is still a senseless war

  • SaltlifeLady May 16, 2011

    RIP men, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May God be with your family and friends at this time.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 16, 2011

    Alex and Baby - "Bring our boys and girls home - TODAY!!"

    I understand why you think this. It does seem useless. However the vast majority of these service men and women BELIEVE in what they do, and they walk into danger bravely and willingly.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 16, 2011

    Nephew is serving in Afg. I cringe every time I see a headline like this.

    Praying for their comrades and those who loved them.

    SEMPER FI valiant warriors.

    God bless.


    USMC Sergeant


  • NAVY MOM May 16, 2011

    I agree with you Alex25 --BRING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME!!!