• Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: SPRINGFIELD, IL
  • Date of Birth: 11-07-1975
  • Date of Death: 02-24-2005
  • Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Port/Base: FORT BENNING, GA

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  • Jakes

    Jacob C. Palmatier was interested in everything. That's why he began searching for a career path early. When he was younger, maybe 3 or 4, his idea was that he'd just seen this Bible story in Sunday school, and he wanted to be a shepherd. As a child, he read all the volumes of a set of junior encyclopedias we bought him. He taught himself how to play the guitar, and the saxophone. Jacob always did things the way he wanted to do them, he always marched to his own drummer. Jacob was only 29 when he was killed on Feb. 24 by a bomb detonated near his vehicle in Muqdadiyah. He was stationed at Fort Benning We thought he'd become a writer. Jacob wrote lots of different stories, usually funny. He had a quirky sense of humor that came out in his writing. He was the sort who loved Monty Python, the Simpson's, history, and all music. Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Illinois College in Jacksonville with a major in English and a minor in history. Jacob was 26 he joined the Army. He was our only child and the best of his father and me. Jacob is survived by his wife, Bridget, parents Margie & David and many family and friends. He was a loyal, loving, positive, creative, happy, funny, caring and thoughtful man. And we miss him every second of each and every day. The world is a less wonderful place without him in it.

    Margie & David Palmatier, We are Jacob's parents
  • Inbound8626095428228526065

    PFC Prentice LeTroy Lewis joined the Army January 2, 2018. He was always so vibrant, full of life and so outgoing. He was always a motivation to others and kept everyone around him in good spirits. He enjoyed sports, going to church, his family and friends and overall just making differences in people's lives. That's the reason he wanted to join the Army. His Army career was short lived when he was killed in an accident off base in a car accident on March 15, 2019. The world just hasnt been the same without him. He was the strongest person I knew, He made huge impacts in not only his life but everyone he touched. He was always building me up and those around him. I’ve learned over the past few years just how strong he was once he told me he wanted to Join the Army. I was scared, but so proud of Prentice (Troy). He has taught me how to be strong over the years and still to this day. He achieved his goal of making his family proud. He achieved his goal of being proud of his accomplishments. Our lives will never be the same, he made sure of that. Troy could enter a room and brighten it with his smile, his attitude, or just his presence. He had that gift, the gift of love that he gave freely and openly to anyone he came into.contact with. He loved unconditionally ,he loved me even as I faltered, disappointed, nagged — and for that I am eternally grateful, forever proud of my son. I am his mother, Kimberly Lewis, and Prentice is my son, and I am forever blessed. I love and miss you dearly Prentice.

    Kimberly Lewis, Mother