The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Cpl. Michael J. Palacio, 23, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., died March 29 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Consolidated Public Affairs Office, Camp Butler, Okinawa at 011-81-611-745-0790.
A military policeman, joined the Marine Corps, Nov. 28, 2007. He arrived on Okinawa, Nov. 11, 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan, Nov. 12, 2011.
"Cpl. Michael 'Mikey' J. Palacio was a quiet professional, dedicated to the mission and the Marines he served beside. He was not afraid to take care of his fellow Marines, always giving a helping hand and expecting nothing in return. Mikey will always be remembered and carried with the members of MP Company as a great Marine, true family man, friend, and relentless warrior,” said 1st Sgt. Timothy J. Schultz, Military Police Company first sergeant.
“I know I'll remember that huge smile and good attitude he always displayed."
His service awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the NATO-International Security Assistance Force Medal.