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SCHWEINFURT, Germany — Ledward Barracks Chapel was filled again Wednesday as the Schweinfurt military community gathered to pay final respects to three of its own.

Cpl. Eric G. Palacios-Rivera, killed in action Nov. 14 while conducting a patrol in search of a weapons cache in Ramadi, Iraq, and Pfc. Jang Ho Kim and Pfc. Daniel J. Allman II, killed in action the day before when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad, were all remembered as young soldiers who were willing to pay the ultimate price for freedom.

Palacios-Rivera, the oldest, was just 21. Assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, also known as Task Force 1-77 Armor, he didn’t tell his mother, Cayetana, he was in Iraq because he didn’t want her to worry. She found out the day he died, she told The Associated Press.

In a letter he wrote to a man who had sent him a care package, Palacios-Rivera said this was his second tour to Iraq and that he’d wanted to join the Army since the age of 16. His brother, Jeff, told the AP that Palacios-Rivera wanted to make a career out of the military and then become a police officer in his hometown of Atlantic City, N.J.

Both Allman and Kim were assigned to Mortar Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders.”

Allman, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Haleigh, was due to come home for Thanksgiving. He died four days before his flight.

“Now she’s got to grow up without her daddy,” Allman’s mother, Amanda, was quoted in a story from a northern Georgia television station, WNEG Channel 32.

Although Allman was only 20, his family said he was a responsible man and father who had told his mother that if something happened to him he would go down fighting.

“Just pray for us and be proud of our troops for what they’re doing because my son sacrificed his life not only for us but for everybody,” Amanda told WNEG.

In addition to his mother and daughter, Allman is survived by his stepfather and younger brother, Michael.

Kim — active in Grace Korean Church in Fullerton, Calif., and a fan of computer programming and gaming — was also 20 and joined the Army last year looking for a challenge, pastor David Gyusik Song told the Orange County Register.

Kim’s family moved to the United States from Seoul, South Korea, in 1990 and also included his father, Seop Bae Kim, and sister Jang Mi (Michelle) Kim, all of Placentia.

“For those who were lucky enough to have served with Dan Allman and Jang Ho Kim, we all knew that there was something special about both of these exceptional young soldiers. They both carried themselves with an air of confidence,” said Lt. Col. Eric Schacht, the 1-26 commander, in a statement read both at the Ledward service and in Iraq on Monday.

The deaths of Palacios-Rivera, Kim and Allman bring to nine the number of Dagger Brigade soldiers killed in Iraq during the present deployment, which began in August.


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