Cory Leonard Palmer
SEAFORD, DEL. - Cpl. Cory Leonard Palmer, U.S. Marine Corps, of Seaford, Del., died Saturday, May 6, 2006, while being transported back to the United States after suffering injuries in Iraq on May 1, 2006. He was 21. Cpl. Palmer graduated from Seaford High School in 2002. He spent a semester at the University of West Virginia studying computer engineering before joining the Marines in February 2003. He excelled in all of his military training and graduated from Scout Sniper School, Advanced Sniper School, Jump School, Marine Combatant Dive School, Special Survival Training School, Joint Terminal Attack Control Primer Course and Basic Reconnaissance Course. This was Cpl. Palmer's second tour of duty in Iraq; he was there from September 2004 to April 2005 and returned in March 2006 and was serving with the Marines' 2nd Recon Battalion, A Company, 1st Platoon. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Ryan Swain; his great-uncles and -aunts, William and Mildred O'Day, Joseph and Hazel O'Day Mackereth, Leonard and Sue O'Day Pritchett, Linwood Givens, Frank O'Day, Jack Livingston Massie, Gordon Carey Massie, Nelson and Shirley Swain. He is survived by his parents, Charles Edward and Danna Lou (Swain) Palmer of Seaford; two brothers, Thad Edward Palmer and Kyle Thomas Palmer; his grandparents, R. Byron and Phyllis O'Day Palmer and Kristina Massie Swain, all of Seaford; aunts and uncles, Ralph B. and Beverly Mahan Palmer, Tommy Lynn Swain and Gary V. Layton, Montine Carey Swain and John C. Willin, Kristopher Ryan and Kimberly Spencer Swain, Murray Alicia Swain, Valerie Kristina and Randy Kerns, and Alison Marie Swain and G. Blair Venables; great-aunts and -uncles, Margaret O'Day Givens, Ralph and Peggy O'Day, Jean O'Day, Virginia Maxfield Massie, Robert Onwood and Emily Gayle Swain, Gordon Harrison and Margaret Lee Swain, William Francis and Betty Wright Swain; his cousins, Adam Ralph Palmer, Jackie Palmer, Bryan V. Layton, Jennifer Layton and daughter, Natalie Ann Layton, Kristin Michelle Layton, Christie Lynn and Randy Herndon, Brent Thomas Willin, Courtney Ruth Swain, Jamie Elizabeth Swain, Taylor Kristina Swain, Morgan Carey Swain, Maggie Marie Kerns, Drew Thomas Venables, Paige Marie Venables, Dustin Blair Venables, Gray Robert Venables, Hannah Kate Venables, Amy Alicia Venables, Nathan Ryan Venables, and dozens of other loving cousins, aunts, uncles and friends without whom Cory's world would not have been complete. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Funeral services with full military honors will be 3 p.m. Sunday in St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Burial will be 1 p.m. May 22 in Arlington National Cemetery. In order to attend the burial, arrivals must check in by 12:30 p.m. at the Family Center. All are invited to attend. Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Ducks Unlimited, 105 High St., Seaford, DE 19973; or St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973; or the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973.
Published by Daily Press on May 19, 2006.
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Bless Cory's family and friends. Let love and our Lord hold you strong. Honor, Courage and Commitment, my heart and spirit is with you on this memorial day.
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We will always remember our hero, Cory, and the sacrifices that his loving family has suffered! Tomorrow marks a very sad day for all that knew and loved Cory Leonard Palmer!! Hugs and prayers to Cory's family!
XOXOXO
May 5, 2017
Isaiah 40 . . .
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Danna Palmer
May 5, 2017
Danna Palmer
May 4, 2017
Cpl. Palmer and family, I am sorry that we met under the circumstances that we did. I met you in Landstuhl's ICU where I had been mobilized with my Reserve unit. Although I never knew the real you, I am honored to have taken care of you and all our brave men and women that passed theough our doors during my time there. I want you to know that I have no doubt that you would have looked at me with disappointment at having to leave your platoon behind once you were injured. That's the thing I remember the most, how brave every last one of you were. Tears shed for comrades and not finishing a mission. I have no doubt that you would have done the same. You completed your final mission that May. There were so many of you that names and faces are blurry now as are the memories. No matter what I may accomplish in life, nothing will hold a candle to the honor of caring for you and all the others. I am so sorry we were not able to get you back to your family. RIP, Warrior.
Rodriguez
May 25, 2015
Danna Palmer
May 17, 2015
Thank you Cory for your sacrifice and for your service. May God comfort your family always in knowing you are with Jesus.
Joan Mapp
May 13, 2015
Dear Jonathan,
I just read your message to the Palmer family, and I was extremely touched by the heartfelt sincerity in your words! Cory is indeed our hometown hero, and I feel blessed to have known him! Cory was one of my son's dearest friends, and he wears one of Cory's bracelets every single day! He loved Cory very much and misses him every day! Cory would have been turning 30 years old this May, and some of his closest friends have organized a golf tournament in his honor. All of the proceeds will be donated to The Wounded Warriors Project. My son and I will be playing in the tournament and remeniscing about our hero! Thank you for helping to keep the Memory of Cory Palmer alive!!
God Bless,
Connie Cooper
Connie Cooper
March 3, 2014
To the Palmer Family-
I did not know your son but I attend SHOTShow every year as I run a tactical gear company and I make it a point to visit the guys at American Snipers and buy as many of their items as possible. I always buy one of their memorial bracelets to wear for the year. This year I selected your Cory's. I take a moment to read about the hero who will be on my wrist for the next year and generally shed a few tears hearing of their heroism and bravery in protecting the freedom that my family enjoys every day. I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice and to assure you that Cory is not forgotten. I take a minute each morning to look at the bracelet and to think about the hero that has afforded me the freedom that I am about to enjoy.

Thank you from a grateful patriot,

Jonathan Hebel
J2S Tactical
Sebastopol, CA
Jonathan Hebel
March 1, 2014
mark padgett
December 30, 2013
As another Christmas season passes, I cannot help but count the years. Christmas Eve brought a treasure from Cory once again. I thought of the tapestry God Himself has woven of the fabric of Cory's life . . . as referenced from Pastor Andrew Kerr . . . and feel incredible peace. Once again, a reminder has come our way from someone whose life was touched by Cory. Thank you, Melissa Taborn, for your persistence in finding us. Your own service in the USAF are appreciated so much. The Army and Air Force at LRMC were such an important part of Cory's journey home. One of Cory's Army medics named Danny, called us in May 2006, but I wasn't prepared to talk to him. Should he read this, please contact me, Danny! I would love to hear from you. The AF flight team was phenomenal. I would love to learn more of Cory's fight in flight from Germany to BAMC and the landing in Nova Scotia. But of this I am certain: Cory decided at a critical point in his struggle, to choose Jesus, to go to His Savior and to stop fighting. Thus, the struggle ended, and Cory's body was, indeed restored to its full glory without a scar from the massive burns. Melissa, you have inspired me to continue my writings . . . which have taken a back seat for a while. You have reminded me that though we live with sorrow, there are still so many reasons for hope. God's blessings in allowing us to get another glimpse of Cory through a passerby in our lives are wonderful reminders of His promises . . . little reminders that we will see Cory again - along with all of those we love. To you, Melissa, Godspeed and Semper Fidelis. With love and thanks, Danna
Danna Palmer
December 27, 2013
I didn't know you but you served with a friend of mine. Brent escobedo. You served your country oroud.
Mark Padgett-Gibson
December 21, 2013
Came across your guestbook and having the same last name I had to read. Your sacrifice is not forgotten, even by those who never knew you.
God has plans for Marines, see you one day to shake your hand.

Colby Palmer
USMC 1989-1993
Colby Palmer
June 22, 2013
Dearest Rose,
Our hearts are forever grateful for the loving kindness you showed to our sons in their hours of need while at Landstuhl Regional Air Force Base in 2006. Thank you for your note and remembrance. Godspeed. The Palmer's, Danna and Charles
Danna Palmer
June 7, 2013
This Memorial Day, my husband and I remembered Cory, Alex, William Bradley and the other brave men and women we have lost in service to our country. We continue to say prayers for your family. Rose Gould and Paul Queeney
May 27, 2013
Thank you for everything. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cory Parry
May 21, 2013
You are a Hero CPL Palmer.
My prayers remain with your
family and loved ones.
I hope you soar like an eagle
above us always.
Renee' Blakely
March 16, 2013
Simper Fi
samuel hastings
March 15, 2013
I was at this young marines funeral and have never forgotten this name you will never be forgotten
James treadway
December 3, 2012
As I sit here watching the July 4th celebrations on television, I am thinking of Cory and the Palmer family. Thank you to all of the men and women who continue to fight for our freedoms. To those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, you are greatly missed, and you are our heroes!! God Bless America!
July 4, 2012
Hey Marine, Just checking in to let you know you are not forgotten. Thank You again for your sacrifice and service. Semper Fi Brother!
Tom Jefferson
May 28, 2012
Happy Birthday, my darling son. Today marks 28 years since your effervescence entered this world. So much joy you brought in your short lifetime. We miss you everyday, and love you even more. Love, Mom and Dad
Danna Palmer
May 10, 2012
hey CP,
I've thought about you a lot this weekend, I do every May 6 & 10 and the days surrounding them both. I have so many friends and family that never met you but know about you because of your importance in my life. That's how it was before you passed too because of how excited I would get when I heard from you or knew you were coming to visit.

Anyway this year I had been planning to go down to visit Arlington Cemetery, haven't been back since the first time I went in May of 07, with your family. But yesterday morning I was too exhausted to go all the way down to DC and ended up going to 'Weekend in the Park' (part of the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester)where I came across a Vet who had a 'Fallen Soldiers of the Mid-Atlantic' memorial set up. Your name was right at the top under Delaware and your picture and bio were in a binder with all the rest of the soldiers we've lost since 01. That made my day man! Sort of like your surprise visit to WVU when I came down stairs and found Cory the Marine standing in my entry way! I miss you so much brother! I won't ever forget you because of the awesome person you were and the difficult times you helped me through just by being yourself. But this guy, who travels from place to place with this memorial, reminding people of everyone like you who died serving our country, he's not going to let anyone forget you either ( not that anyone who met you ever could lol) I love you brother and miss ya tremendously
Justin Nicholson
May 7, 2012
To the family and friends of Cpl. Cory L. Palmer:
Always remembering Cory. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
May 6, 2012
Hey Brother,
Just wanted to let you know I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I have a soo to be 3yr old som now who I gave the middle name Leonidas after you and your middle name. Also I told my wife about you for the first time a couple days ago, she knew of you but she didnt know the depth of emotion i have about what happened that day plus since then i have kept my emotion inside. I still miss you bro and think about you all the time. Love you bro
Josh B
March 4, 2012
Hey Marine, I want your parents to know that you have not been forgotten. I think of Richard, Chad C., Russell, Joe, Ryan, Andrew, Chad S., and you often. I was thinking of you today and looked up this site. Thank you again for your service and for protecting me and my family. Your sacrifice will never be in vain. Semper Fi Brother!
Tom Jefferson
January 18, 2012
Christmas is upon us once again, my darling son. Today, I met a MarineMom whose son is shipping out to Afghanistan very soon. I know her angst, foreboding, and concern. But I know too, that her son's steps have been carefully chosen. He knows the risks, the potential costs . . . yet he obeys. Only God's promises can equate to this kind of dedication. "For I know Whom I have believed, and He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Thee against that day!" We pray for this young Marine fervently, and his family, that they may know peace in the midst of worry - that they can give their cares to the God of the universe, who will keep them in His loving arms while they are separated from their precious son. Loving you everyday, Mom
Danna Palmer
December 13, 2011
To Cory, a rascal who so treasured freedom, that he was willing to fiercely defend it in hopes of enjoying it for at least his lifetime. That freedom came in an entirely different mode than I had envisioned. But Cory Leonard is truly free - free of the cares and worries of this world, and the burdens of injustice. He is free in the arms of a loving Savior.

I thought of you all day, Cory, as 9/11 was televised over and over again. I remembered that in 1962, when I was only 8 years old, that our freedom was threatened to the south via Cuba. We were sent into the hallway kneeling with head to floor and hands over head - an Air Raid Drill. The terror I felt as a third grader was real - but I had no real understanding of what was happening in the world.

I think back to 9/11/2001, when Cory and so many others were sitting in a classroom - their senior year in high school - and watching the attack almost as it happened. I did not know then how deeply Cory was affected by it all. I learned later that he resolved to do anything in his capacity to avenge this threat to freedom. Eventually, he acted on that commitment through the United States Marine Corps. What a burden he and so many others took on that day. For your sacrifice, we thank you, Cory. As for your absence, though, we miss you still.

Loving you everyday,
Mom
Danna Palmer
September 11, 2011
My beloved son,

Very soon, Grandma will be joining you. I think of all the darling outfits she made for each of you - especially the matching sweatsuits that you and Brent wore for so long! I think of the bedspreads adorned with her needlework creating a tapestry of love for her grandsons. I look at a picture of you so tiny in her arms, and rejoice that you had such a loving Grandma. Surely all of your energy came from her! I smile remembering Grandma descending into the playhouse bunker with you boys to eat hotdogs you cooked underground! Just last week, she was working in her yard - gardening as she so loved to do. Her fiddlehead ferns have flourished beyond belief. I'll have to plant another pink dogwood for you and Grandma this fall. Never will I forget your homecoming in 2005 when you spent the afternoon with Grandma, asking her if the dogwood had yet bloomed. You were so relieved to learn that you had not missed its tender beauty. We are just beginning to realize that our lives are about to change. Such a strong and determined woman your Grandma has always been. I'll rejoice knowing that you'll be there to welcome her into the presence of God . . . and that she and Aunt Murray are no longer suffering. I cling to God's promises once more . . .
"38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
King James Version (KJV)

Missing you, but knowing we will be together again.

Love always, Mom
Danna Palmer
July 23, 2011
http://blog.joecantafio.com/2007/05/08/cory-palmer-phillip-frank-geoffrey-morris-derek-argel--remembered.aspx

Joe's Daily Thought's . . . "I'll Take It From Here . . . Joe Cantafio

Cory Palmer, Phillip Frank, Geoffrey Morris, Derek Argel, ... Remembered.
This entry was posted on May 8, 2007 9:55 AM and is filed under the troops.

I am asking that all readers remember four men. After September 11th all four stepped up to help America. They all saw it clearly. There was no gray area, it was black and white, fight terrorism here on American soil, or fight terrorism there. They were boys to their parents, and became men and heroes to America. They volunteered to serve their county and they paid the ultimate price for American freedom. The never knew each other, but they are together now. I often write about my cousin, Ryan Cantafio, USMC who died in Baghdad on Thanksgiving Day, 2004, as a way to keep him alive and remembered. Today I want you to help remember four more American heroes.

Their names are Cory Palmer, Phillip Frank, Geoffrey Morris and Derek Argel.

One year ago (May 6th) Cory Palmer, USMC was lost to us, due to wounds he sustained in a battle on May 1st. Cory's mom Danna Palmer, has become a friend of mine through emails and I want her to know I have been thinking about her and her family this week.

Danna, thank you for the gift of Cory. I know this week has to be very hard on you. I hope you realize that you have extended family here in Chicago. You and your family are loved and always in our prayers.

Visit Cory's online guest book and read more about this great American at: www.legacy.com/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=17719918
His mother Danna can be reached at: [email protected]

*Charles and Danna have since visited Chicago and met Joe Cantafio. What a treasure he has for the troops as he entertains them on tours. Thanks for all that you do to support our beloved troops, Joe. We love you!
Joe Cantafio
June 22, 2011
Memorial Day, 2011. My heart is suddenly aching as I think about my three sons walking to the Kiwanis Park with me each Memorial Day. I'll be thinking of you, my precious son, as we listen to the words and the memories of all who have served in so many wars. Today I need the strength of the Lord to bear witness to my soul with comfort and hope. “In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” - Psalm 56:4
The promises of God's Word . . . our hope and our salvation. The tears that sting my cheeks this morning bring solace as I reflect on the love God has for us beyond the tears. Oh yes, my heart is soothed as I read the words and hear the tune of Charles Wesley's hymn, And Can It Be That I Should Gain . . . Amazing Love,how can it be, that thou my God didst die for me.

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Cory Leonard, you are loved so very much.

All our love, Mom and Dad
May 30, 2011
To the family and friends of Cpl. Cory L. Palmer:
Please accept my remembrance of Cory on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
May 6, 2011
The giant red, then deep yellow, then finally round white very full moon on Saturday night (3-19-11) was fun to see. I laughed when I saw it and thought of Cory and Danna. Cory sees it from such a unique angle...the wonders must never cease from his view. You must know we will never forget Cory's sacrifice for us...but especially we will never forget the gift of life God gave him for our delight. You have wonderful sons Danna and Charles. We love them all. Love, Montine
Montine Willin
March 20, 2011
Danna Palmer
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Danna Palmer
March 19, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. If only words could bring Cory back then let us say words. He is with the one who made him created him and comforted him when he was away from his family and friends.
mark padgett
March 15, 2011
The sun is warm, the air is cool. Daffodils are opening before my eyes . . . and I am missing my beloved son, Cory. This is the very song that gave me the strength to go from the chapel to the reception area at Camp LeJeune, Dec. 12, 2006. Cagney was my escort . . . and lovingly drove me as I tried to quell my hysteria by playing this over and over again. Only God's Words speak peace to a troubled soul.
Keith Green - There Is A Redeemer
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Danna Palmer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svlK4H51iGI "Knowing You," also spoke to my heart in those difficult days. Suddenly, all that mattered was that Cory knew his Savior . . . and of course, that is the heart of the matter.
Danna Palmer
March 14, 2011
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Katie Johnson
January 12, 2011
January 6, 2011. Another year, my precious son, has come and gone. In the wee hours of the morning this sixth day of January, I walked outside with Giz and Tig and heard you calling me from the face of the moon. Looking up, a crescent smile was gazing at me, and I knew your angels were ministering to my spirit.

For the first time in many years, God's grace found its way to my heart last night as I was studying. I felt a peace about where I am, what I'm doing, and in focusing on nursing. I heard that same voice that encouraged me in those 5K's . . . "Proud of you Mom. Love ya, Mom." I imagined you and John, the Brians, Pete, Kip, Sean, the Rohlich boys, and those late nights laughing, waiting, wondering what phone call would come next. [sarcastic chuckle here] Look at you now - wonderful young men, growing in wisdom, pursuing your dreams . . . and you seeing it all from the best seat in the house. Winking at you now, son, I'll close for the night and cherish the memories and the hope of seeing you again!

Waiting for another peaceful, quiet, serene, soothing balm . . . snow for my sons. Love, Mom
January 6, 2011
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From one recon brother to another, you will never be forgotten!
Mike Moler
December 16, 2010
Hi Danna ... You do not know me. I am Zack Kiminas wife - he was a member of 2D with Cory and was with him during his tour. We are heading to Arlington tomorrow for Veterans Day 2010-- we will be visiting Cory. I spent the morning reading about your son (anything I could find online). I just wanted to tell you that I am humbled to be visiting him tomorrow -- he is a true hero! Zack speaks of Cory frequently and has plenty of pictures of him. He tells me how full of life Cory was and always made everyone laugh! Zack loved him so much. Thank you for raising such an amazing man. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Keep in touch. Jenn Kiminas
Jenn Kiminas
November 10, 2010
RIP Corporal Cory L. Palmer USMC S/S
Department of the Navy

This to certify that the Secretary of the Navy has awarded the

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (posthumously) (with combat distinuighing device) to Corporal Cory L. Palmer, United States Marine Corps for:

Heroic achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as Scout, Company A, 2D Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) from March to May 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Demonstrating courage under dangerous conditions, Coporal Palmer participated in more than 200 Combat Patrols, numerous engagements with Anti-Iraqi Forces, three improvised explosive device attacks, and more than 20 indirect fire attacks. Where insurgents threatened the local populace or opposed the Iraqi Security Forces, Corporal Palmer's execution of combat operations defeated enemy forces and protected innocent lives. On 1 May, Corporal Palmer was mortaly wounded when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Despite his severe wounds, Corporal Palmer's concern was for the welfare of others injured in the catastrophic attack. His devotion to his fellow Marines was an inspiration to all who knew hiim, and set a superb example of Combat Leadership. Corporal Palmer's initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Richard C. Zilmer, Major General, US Marine Corps

Commanding General Multi-National Force - West
"The enemy is real and he is committed. America must remain steadfast"

Brian K. Sain
Brian Sain
October 1, 2010
Fearless and Strong

by Amethyst Brasfield

Tanks go by
Smoke high in the sky
A boy cries; his father died
[A mama cries; her son has died]

On the Battlefield
No shield
Attacks without yield
I want to thank the Fearless,
the Strong

Guns reload
Bombs Explode
Be brave; be bold

On the Battlefield
No Shield
Attacks without yield
I want to thank the Fearless,
the Strong

Stayon your side to stay alive
Hate arrives
Love has to be revived

I just want to thank the Fearless, the Strong, the Soldiers.

Thank you for your service and to some, your lives.

In Memory of [my cousin] Cory.
Dedicated to Danna, Charles, Kyle and Thad and family. To all of those men and women fighting and losing their lives for our protection and our country.
Amethyst Brasfield
July 13, 2010
To the family and friends of Cpl. Cory L. Palmer:
Remembering Cory on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
May 6, 2010
Today we remember the news of your heavenly entrance 4 short years ago. Today we remember your sacrifice. Today we remember what a fabulous fun gift you were to us for 4 days shy of 22 years. We love you Cory! Aunt Montine and Uncle JC
Montine Willin
May 6, 2010
February 24, 2010

To Cory . . . We finally had all that glorious snow you wanted so badly. With two blizzards back to back, Sussex County came to a standstill, much like it did in February, 2003 when your recruiter stole you away on that snow laden Thursday. We had waited all day long on Wednesday for your recruiter to come get you, but with the snow in 2003, the county was paralyzed. We were told that you would go later in the week, and that we would be notified.

Finally able to venture out on Thursday, I went to an appointment, only to discover that in my absence, and without notice, your recruiter had come to take you away to Boot Camp. I was so angry that I had not been able to kiss you goodbye and give you that one last hug . . . but maybe it was just as well. This way, there were no tears, only pride in your commitment to follow your heart through military service.

Determined to follow you to Parris Island, I did, indeed, track that plane all the way from airport to airport until you reached your last stop when you boarded that bus!

Just now, I sit congested with a sinus infection that will not quit - like the one you had in boot camp . . . for which I sent 100 bags of throat lozenges so that every recruit could have one. As you had warned, no one got to use them. Part of your bonding was the mutual suffering I suppose. Never had I been so proud of your commitment, Cory Leonard.

Oh my goodness, how I wish I could see you just now. You have two baby cousins - both boys! Kristin and Rod now have Kayleigh Rochelle, age 2, and Camden James. They are happy children - and beautiful of course! Christie and Randy have a son - Micah Samuel. I have heard rumors that Aunt Montine already has a complete photo album of her first grandbaby!

We all miss you so, Cory. Kyle bought some new boots today, wanting to preserve the ones he bought for the hike on the Appalachian Trail. Someday, I'd like to make that hike for you Cory . . . maybe we should start right now!

We've got a new little dog named Tig, who showed up at Aunt Montine's farm. Sucker that I am, this little biter came to live with us . . . and charmed his way into our hearts. He's a buff Lhaso Apso - a horrid disposition, but hilarious to watch. He dribbles a ball like he's playing soccer!

Like Gizmo, he loves to play and show off, and we've trained him to sleep on our backs like a little 15 pound heating pad! Giz is an old girl now. She's blind and deaf, but as sweet as ever. She spends most of her days snuggled up in blankets on the couch - or keeping my feet warm while at the computer.

We have taken her everywhere we've been - even sneaked her into a couple of hotels. That little sassy miss . . . she gave herself away at the exit when she popped her head up out of the back pack and barked - just once, but it cost us a fine of $50.00!

We think of you without end, Cory, and know that you were there to greet Aunt Murray when she came to join you in God's Kingdom in December. Your Marine buddies still keep in touch. Your high school and college friends are as faithful as you, my magnificent Marine!

We love and miss you, Cory.

Mom, Dad, and Kyle
Danna Palmer
February 24, 2010
""SEMPER FI" u are always in the hearts and minds of the people of seaford."
jason romer 5/8/09 of seaford,de

"May 4, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Cory L. Palmer:
Cory 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Just thinking of Cpl Cory Palmer on Memorial Day. Semper Fidelis brother.

Maj Worth Parker USMC"
of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Semper Fi...
After receiving some photos of you from your Mom at your favorite Nic-o-boli place, I felt the lost of my fellow Marine brother in arms... you will not be forgotten. I can sleep easily knowing that you are guarding the gates of heaven."
Jim Dobroski SGT USMC of Lewes, Delaware

"to Cory's family , man that boy was wild and full of life more than most. his love and spirit will never be forgotten,he will always be in my thoughts. his medic HM2 (DV,PJ,FMF) John Maritnez. if any questions write me at [email protected]"
john martinez of Beulaville,NC

"Thank you Cory for all that you have done for all of us. Semper Fi Marine.
Paul G., RECON, Bethany Beach DE."


"Thank you to Cory and his family for all the sacrifices you made to keep our country free. We truly appreciate all your efforts. Our sympathy to the family."
Jim and Betty Schulze of Troy, MO USA

"Thank you, Cory, for you dedication that went beyond anything you or your family could have imagined! You are truly a hero that I'm thankful that many want to emulate: service to their country no matter what the cost in order that others could live freely. My own son is one of those who will be continuing your fight starting next summer. I pray that your family will find peace in knowing that you will always be remembered! We will see you in heaven and salute, thank and hug you in person!!"
The McDonald family of Madison Heights, VA / USA

"I never met Cory, but I always heard wonderful things about him back in my hometown Seaford. Thank you so much Cory for your bravery. God bless you. I'm so proud of you."
Lauren H. of South Carolina

"Cory, thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You will never be forgotten. God bless the Palmers and the Swains and may they find comfort in their memories of this brave, fallen hero."
Lisa and Samuel Miller, Ericca and Kristopher Bell of Seaford, DE

"May God Bless this brave Marine. May God grant the family peace. Time will heal but you will never forget. Just try to dwell on the pleasant memories that he had with you. We too share your grief. Our son SSGT Robert F. White of the 325-1 82nd Airborne, US Army was killed by enemy fire September 26, 2006 in Afghanistan."
Stan & Shirley White of Cross Lanes, WV

"Cory I remember you as the crazy kid in school. I also remember how proud your mother is of you. Your memory will always be honored. And my prayers are forever with your family. Miss you"
Mali of Seaford,De

"Cory you were just a tiny, beautiful baby I held when I was just 16. Today you are a hero! You are so loved by your family."
Aunt Alison of Laurel, DE

"Cory, you will always be our hometown hero! Seaford will never be the same without your contagious smile. Your friends and family will miss you always! We thank you for your enormous sacrifice. God Bless you, and may He bring strength and comfort to your family and all of us who love you.
With love and prayers,"
Connie and Pete of Seaford, DE

"Thank you Cpl Palmer! You ARE an American Hero & won't be forgotten. Semper Fi"
Gale Gordy of Seaford, DE USA

"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, Cory will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "


"Thank you Cory 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. Cory 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 Cory 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. Cory 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 Cory, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia
FallenHeroes of Iraq
January 6, 2010
Danna Palmer
October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009

To my Golden Son, Cory Leonard,

Four years ago, I had no idea of the significance of Gold Star Mother's Day - the last Sunday in September. I was green and naive . . . thinking that this Blue Star Mom would never have to fathom what Gold might mean.

Now fully aware of the yoke of that Gold Star, I yearn for your laughter - that silly hat you might walk in with, to hear you once more say, "Love you, Mom."

And so the tears flow freely this morning - autumn approaching with its bright blue sky - stars bursting from the night and the moon glowing in its biggest golden-orange harvest wrap.

Gold . . . precious metal - survives the purifying flames. Golden . . . the memories and moments - the friends and the fun. Starshine . . . that twinkle in your bluest eyes, and joy -that dimple in your rosy cheeks.

But the Psalmist offers those beautiful words of strength speaking of God's laws in Psalm 19:

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

And so, my beautiful golden son, you are now sweeter than the honeycomb. The reward of your Saviour has brought you home.

Shine, Jesus, Shine!

Cory how I love and miss you,

Mom
September 28, 2009
http://www.wdel.com/inmemorium.php

Marine Corporal Cory Palmer

In his short life, Marine Corporal Cory Palmer impressed a lot of people. His platoon leader says he was a natural leader, a man of physical greatness and mental ingenuity, with the courage to take the enemy face on.

A boot camp buddy describes him as one of the hardest working and nicest guys in their platoon, a motivated, tough, stand-up guy who was always willing to put in extra effort to better himself.

They say he was inspiring, one of the finest Marines they ever served with.

His mother, Danna, recalls on a tribute website his love for surfing, his smile and his ability to make everyone laugh.

He liked to scuba dive, and thought about opening his own scuba school.

Cory Palmer graduated from Seaford High School in 2002. He spent seven months in Iraq on his first tour of duty. He had been there just five weeks when his Humvee was hit with an explosive device near Fallujah May 1st, 2006. He died May 6 while he was being brought back to the U.S. for treatment, four days before his birthday. He was 21 years old.

His parents, Charles and Danna, marked his birthday this year with a note on the website. They keep the watch he wore while he served in Iraq, and say it's still ticking. They say they miss him and long for his laughter.
Cory Palmer
August 13, 2009
Brother, Though I never met you, I think of you often. I will continue to pray for your family and use you as an example to all of the young men I coach in High School. Carry on Marine.
Tom Jefferson
August 5, 2009
June 24, 2009
I would like to share a few thoughts about Cory. I was in the same convoy as Cory the day he was injured. I was the radio operator for his platoon, and I can say to this day still I miss him and the other Marines terribly. Cory was a great friend, and good to have around. He always found some way to make us laugh and keep us at ease, despite the situation and what was going on around us all the time. I only wish I could have known him longer, yet in the 1 1/2 years I was around him, he left a lasting impression on me that I will never forget. To this day I still carry a photo of him in my wallet, and he will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Brent A. Escobedo USMC (29 Palms, CA)
Brent Escobedo
June 24, 2009
Dear Danna,
Just a note to let you know that you have been in my thoughts a lot lately.
I had a chat about Cory with Jim Yori, yesterday. Jim has been a long-time family friend, and he met with Pete a couple of weeks ago for breakfast. He was hiring Pete to clear an empty lot and discussing what he wanted him to do. Anyway, he noticed the hero bracelet on Pete's wrist and they got in to a nice discussion about Cory. (Pete has worn that bracelet every day since I bought it for him.) Yesterday, Jim told me about their discussion and about how touched he was as he realized how very much Pete loves and misses Cory.
Just wanted you to know that Cory lives on in the hearts of everyone who knew him. God Bless! XO
Connie Cooper
June 12, 2009
Mrs. Palmer,

My name is Margot and I am the waitress that took care of you, your family and friends at Magnolia's last month. When you were leaving you called to me and put your son's pictures in my hand. I was so touched and I showed his picture to all my co-workers...it was sweet and sad to see the reactions of my fellow workers. I work full time at Premier Glass in Frankford as well, and I keep Cory's pictures at my desk and look at them throughout the day. Such a handsome young man... I lost my brother at 23 so I understand what his siblings are going thru, but never the parents. So anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for the pictures, they mean an awful lot to me, brings the tragedy of war home. God bless you, Cory and your family.

Margot Testerman
Margot Testerman
June 11, 2009
I thought of you yesterday as I lowered my flag to half mast. I proudly fly the American flag and Marine flag 24 hours a day. I never knew you, but I met your parents a couple years back at Nicola's. Yourself and many fellow Marines have given the ultimate sacrifice. Semper Fi
Jim Dobroski
May 26, 2009
I just wanted to let you know that I remember the many sacrifices made
by our brave young men and women. Their courage and the honor with
with they served our nation are acknowledged by myself and millions of
Americans. As I write this I am looking at a beautiful 4' X 6'
American flag waving in the breeze. A spotlight shows its brilliant
colors against the black night sky. I think about the lives of your
beloved service members and I am so very grateful for the lives they
lived. I know that words cannot convey the love that we feel for those
that have given all. On this Memorial Day, I just wanted to let you
know that a grateful nation remembers.
Glen Nevogt
May 25, 2009
dear cory,

i just watched the president lay a wreath at arlington national cemetery & also loved seeing american flags placed at the tombstones of the many who have given their lives in service of our country, to help insure our freedom.

i have thought of you often this weekend as i think of your ultimate sacrifice for our country. i have gotten to know you a lot better, along with and your friends and comrades thanks to emails i've gotten from your mother.

i want to once again thank you for the service you have given us and the special person that you were on this earth.

with much love,
ellen
Ellen Palmer
May 25, 2009
Danna,

I just finished reading about the Orbison Bush and as I read it, I lived it with you. My heart and my prayers that the Almighty and Merciful God that we Worship continues to watch and bring you that ever lasting peace. For you know that Cory is in that peace. We are given an assurance that no matter what goes on in this world, eternal life is given to all those who believe in Him. We will all be rejoicing at the supper table with the Lord.

God Bless you all,
Lidia (St. George’s UMC)
Lidia Smith
May 15, 2009
I didn't write yesterday, Mother's Day and Cory's Birthday. But I DID see the HUGE moon in the sky last night and thought of Cory and all of you. I thought of how Pete (Connie's son) came that day of the news of Cory's death to your house before you had gotten back from Texas. He collapsed in my arms weeping. I was so impressed at the preciousness of this bond between Cory and his dear friend, and so sad for his loss. I cried with him reminding him he MUST come back and weep with you for healing's sake. I'm sure he did.
And now Cory is still dancing in the Light of all Lights and living in eternal Glory, AND you, Charles, Kyle, Thad and all of us will see him again! It is my always prayer. Love, Montine
Montine Willin
May 11, 2009
May 10, 2009

Danna,

Thinking of you today on Cory's birthday. Praying for you and knowing how you are hurting. Rejoicing that he is celebrating with Jesus. We all miss him and look forward to the day we see him again. Heard a great song on the radio the other day and it made me think of seeing Daddy and Cory again. I'll have to listen for the name of it - it's sung by Mercy Me.

I love you,
Tommy Lynn
Tommy Lynn Layton
May 10, 2009
Precious memories are living strong in the hearts of all who knew Cory. Pete S.and Kyle R. visited Arlington on Wednesday and "hung out" with Cory for over an hour, reminiscing. They miss their beloved friend, terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danna, Charles, Thad and Kyle. God Bless you.

Connie
Connie Cooper
May 8, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Cory L. Palmer:
Cory 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
May 7, 2009
The Orbison Bush:
God’s Promise Revealed

The crescent moon shone down from heaven above, as if its luminance was spotlighting a usually obscure bush tucked between the dogwood and crepe myrtle. We call it the Orbison Bush, after our sons’ beloved high school English teacher, Sandra Orbison. As the boys grew up, they took on dozens of lawn care jobs. On this particular Saturday of Cory’s senior year, I was helping him clean up Miss Orbison’s front flower bed. She had instructed Cory to dig up this bedraggled, wilted bush and discard it. I asked if I could have it, and Sandra said, “Yes – please take it! It will NOT bloom! It is supposed to have these magnificent blossoms every spring, and all it does is wilt, half-die, and then perk up a bit now and then.”


It was spindly, woody, thin, and hardly worth the trouble to transplant. We had not been careful about maintaining the root ball when we dug it up, so if it lived, it would surely be a miracle! I have 50 feet of fencing that needs a natural camouflage, and I’ve had pretty good luck with all the neighborhood throw-away’s during spring clean-ups. But in the heat of August, this little bush had less than a marginal chance of surviving. The soil was dry, hard, and on the border of the yard where my watering hose hardly reaches.

Not intentionally, the little bush was ignored. I was sure it would die over winter, so I planted a crepe myrtle right beside it. Low and behold, for nine seasons, this feisty little bush with a can-do attitude survived. Last summer I noticed that it had really filled out nicely and was full of luscious dark green leaves. I wondered what the flower would look like if it ever did bloom.
Each spring since Cory’s death brings some foreboding at particular dates. On this particular night, April 30th, I was overcome by sadness as I recalled thinking of him leaving on a mission the next morning – three years earlier. We had prayed for he and his team, but the missions are long – sometimes a few weeks. We don’t hear from our Marines until they return. Nervousness, worry, prayer, efforts at faith and trust occupy long days and nights.

As it dawned on me that it was indeed by now, May 1, my eyes filled with tears. Three years earlier, this was the date that would haunt us for six endless days. As Cory followed the tracks of the Humvee in front of him, darkness was falling fast in the desert. Three up-armored Humvees went over the bump in the road – nothing happened. Then, when the left rear tire of Cory’s vehicle hit, the pressure made contact, and the IED exploded full force, igniting the diesel fuel they were hauling for the caravan.

As quickly as my heart filled with anxiety and the tears descended down my cheeks, the moonlight caught my eye. Cory always did love the moon – and he knew the moon loved him! From the lower point of that bright crescent, light shimmered down onto this shrub. Just as I was about to give in to sobs of grief, there was a peculiar brilliance about the bush. I walked up closely – in disbelief as I viewed a full and 12 foot tall Viburnum completely covered in gigantic lacy white blossoms. The Orbison Bush had bloomed! Cory wasn’t gone – not really. He was right there before my eyes! The tears came – but with laughter. Delightful glee was all about me as I caressed the flowers in my hands.

By now, I knew that the great I AM was responsible. The Alpha and Omega who loves us so very much had reserved this little miracle for such a time as this. I thought back on the lessons I had learned from that little plant – that all life is worthy – and that even when grossly neglected, can be saved. Not only that, it can become a piece of beauty so ornamental that it could bedeck a royal garden.

At a most vulnerable moment when I was about to lose all composure and begin the week of agonizing remembering of that terrible week, God brought beauty out of the ashes. I didn’t see just a beautiful flower – I saw my beautiful son – whole, complete, without a scar on his body, laughing, dancing, and winking with that great gregarious grin just to remind me of the wonder that God has in store for me, too. I cut a few stalks, placed them in water, and walked toward the house after thanking God for this most precious reminder of His promises and faithfulness.

My mother, a botanist, taught us of such miracles – we searched for elusive spring blooms on Lady Slipper hunts every spring. Tiptoeing through fiddle-head ferns, checking for flowering skunk cabbages, we couldn’t wait to see who would find the first Jack-in-the-Pulpit of the season. It was a reverent search – a quiet one – so as to take in all the beauty around us, and so Mother could teach us the scientific names of the endangered species. We were ever so careful not to step on a single fragile plant, but most of all – we didn’t want to scare “Jack” back down into his pulpit.

Imagination, learning, loving the outdoors, watching God’s creation come alive before us after every winter was preparing me for this night. With awe in retrospective reflection, I could begin to see the tapestry woven just for me in the events that had shaped my life. I can only thank the Lord for His keeping of the Marine Motto – Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful. And how. Praise the name of Jesus.

Thank you wonderful friends for continuing to keep us in your prayers. As you can see, God continues to answer them so that our mourning can turn into joy. What a testament you are to Cory’s legacy of loving people and enjoying them so very much. Godspeed, Semper Fidelis, and do plan on joining Cory’s garden, won’t you? It’s an invitation away – that of asking Jesus into our hearts.

With all our love,
Danna, Charles, Thad and Kyle
Not curiously at all, it is now 0100 on May 7 – precisely the time that we learned of Cory’s fate. The writing of this piece has gotten me through the day.
Danna Palmer
May 7, 2009
You and your family are invited to attend this years Armed Forces Memorial Day Service which will be held at St. George's UMC in Frankford, De we will be dedicating this year our Armed Forces Memorial Day Service to Delawares' young men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 6:30pm. Cpl. Cory L. Palmer will be amongst the many that we will honor.
Lidia Smith
May 3, 2009
April 29, 2009
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Contact us directly at [email protected] or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
April 13, 2009
Dear Lisa,
Thank you for wearing Cory's Bracelet of Remembrance. Please feel free to contact us at anytime. I would love to meet you. North Carolina is to me, God's Country. I was born there, went to college there, and of course, visited my beloved Marine there many times at Camp LeJeune.

Warmly,
Danna Palmer
Danna Palmer
March 10, 2009
To the Family of Cpl. Cory Plamer,

I did not know your son but I want to let you know that I sent for a bracelet from herobracelets.com and was radomly sent your son's name...I just want to let you know that I will wear your son's name with pride. If it wasn't for the bracelet I would have never known about him. I have read many pages online about him and you must be so proud I know I am. I travel alot with my husband with work and I want you to know that I will tell his story wherever I go. He will always be remembered by me and what he did for our country. Thank your for having such a great son.

Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
February 20, 2009
5/21/2006
Dear Cory,
This was a sad & difficult day for Cpl Palmer's family and friends. Even so, I
hope that God allows me to remember today for the rest of my life. Along with
six or seven other Marines, I was at the turn in the street where hundreds upon
hundreds of Patriot Guard Riders passed by on their march to the front of the
church to celebrate Cpl Palmer's life & service to his country.
You know that they began shaking our hands & thanking us for our service to the
nation & to them. How humbling to be one of the recipients of such intense
affection and pride! The bright & sometimes tear-filled eyes, the firm
handshakes from strong men, the thousands of flags, being called "Gunny" again &
again & again. And with each encounter, "Thank you, thank you!"
Of course, I knew that they really wanted to thank Cpl Palmer, but they
couldn't.
I tried to look each of them in the eye as they passed and thank them for coming
to support Cpl Palmer's family and, by extension, us.

Sure I'm proud that I am a Marine, but I'm more proud that I am an American. I
am part of a nation that produced people like I met today. This is the stock
from which I have sprung: a people who will go to the other side of the world
and sacrifice so that others may experience freedom. I've lived in other parts
of the world & there is simply no people like us.

I looked America in the eyes today & it was beautiful to behold. I'm proud to
wear this uniform, but it makes me no better than anyone else on earth. It is a
privilege to serve people like the ones you brought my way today: wonderful,
amazing, loving Americans. I'm no hero, but I am an American, just like all the
others I met today.

Cory, God's blessings be upon you folks, you will not be forgotten,

~Gunnery Sergeant Brian T. Houser, USMC Reserve (Wilmington, DE unit)
Brian Houser, USMC Res
December 9, 2008
November 5, 2008
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