SPRINGFIELD, IL, USA
CPL, HHC, 1ST BATTALION, 30TH INFANTRY, (TF LIBERTY), FORT BENNING, GA
MUQDADIYAH, IRAQ 02/24/2005
Jacob C. Palmatier was interested in everything. That’s why he began searching for a career path early. According to his father, 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.
He always did things the way he wanted to do them. As a child, he read all the volumes of a set of encyclopedias his parents bought him. He taught himself how to play the guitar, the flute, the clarinet and the saxophone. His parents thought he’d become a writer. He 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.
Palmatier graduated magna cum laude from Illinois College in Jacksonville with a major in English and a minor in history.
He is also survived by his wife, Bridget.