Banning, Beaumont, Remember 2 Fallen Servicemen

Marine 1st Lt. Joshua Palmer, 25, of Banning and Army Specialist Michael A. Dahl Jr., 23, of Beaumont, each died in one of two wars fought this decade.

Marine 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer and Army Spec. Michael A. Dahl Jr. were both casualties of war this decade, in wars fought in Iraq and Afghanistan; they are remembered this Veterans Day.

Palmer, a graduate of Banning High School, was 25 years old when struck down in Fallouja, Iraq, April 8, 2004.

Dahl, 23, went to Beaumont Senior High School; he died in Argahndab, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2009.

The men are listed in a comprehensive list compiled by the Los Angeles Times, complete with links to pictures of and details about each of the 726 California servicemembers who died during the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars to date.

Included in the listings are comments and quotes from family, friends and colleagues of the military men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.

"He was an inspiration to me," Patricia Dahl told the Times of her son, Michael.

"Sometimes it’s hard being a single parent. But he kept me going," Dahl told the Times.

Dominic Persechini, a childhood friend of Palmer's, told the Times that his pal  "was a great student of history and he thought that it was warriors that make countries strong and prosperous."




Marines, 1st Lieutenant Based: Camp Pendleton 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom Died: April 8, 2004 Fallouja, Iraq

Ben November 12, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Given that Beaumont and Banning share highland springs ave, those banners that honor local soldiers should be waving there. Thank you, guys. Miss you
Nancy Gall November 12, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I agree. I think that's a great idea. There are banners honoring Michael Dahl in Moreno Valley, where his mom lives, but he was a Beaumont soldier and he should be honored here.
4th of July November 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
What an excellent idea that is!! Highland Springs is shared by both Banning on the East and Beaumont on the West, with it going up into Cherry Valley to the North. There are other soldiers all through the Pass serving, or who have served in these last wars who should have banners displayed. Calimesa has them up near Stater Bros, and Rancho Cucamonga has them lining their streets. Why not here? Pass area soldiers, with Banning and Beaumont and Cherry Valley joining together to make it happen. Highland Springs already has that memorial, and is perfect!


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