died at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio,
Texas, on May 6, 2006, from wounds received
while conducting combat operations against enemy
forces in Anbar province, Iraq, on May 1st.
"He has been
a bright spot in everybody's life."
Montine Willin is talking about her nephew,
Marine Corporal Cory Palmer. The 21-year-old
died May 1st in Iraq. Willin and other family
say he died doing what he believed in.
"He was just like a little Marine when he was eight, nine, 10 years old.
He and his brothers would make these homemade
rafts out of milk jugs."
As a real Marine, Palmer was accomplished.
"He went to sniper school, dive school, jump
school, amphibious reconnaissance school."
Willin says Palmer was always an avid
sportsman, hunter and explorer.
"He had just gotten a cast off his arm. He
climbed a tree that day and fell out and broke
But they say Palmer had a soft side. He mentored
friends and hand-made gifts for family. But no
matter how much he accomplished, he never wanted
anyone to make a fuss over him.
Aunt Alison Venebles hopes he won't mind just
"He was very humble and that's one reason I want
everyone to know what a wonderful, strong,
courageous man he was," Venebles said.
Corporal Palmer would have been 22 on Wednesday,
May 10th. Funeral services for Palmer are
tentatively planned for May 21st.
to Senator John Kerry's remarks on 31 OCT 2006,
belittling our military, Cory's mother wrote a
very poignant letter. Read the letter