Marine Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer, 43, Modesto; shot and killed in Afghanistan
He and another Marine had just sat down for lunch with other members of a Marine advisory team inside an Afghan civil order police compound when a gunman dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire, killing them.
By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2011
Growing up in Modesto, Benjamin J. Palmer enjoyed playing soprano bugle. So he thought of joining the Marine Corps in hopes of becoming part of its elite drum and bugle corps.