Community deeply misses sailor, Eagle Scout
HARRISTOWN, Ill. (WRSP) —
A Decatur-area community is in mourning as the body of a local sailor is found.
Logan Palmer, 23, of Harristown, is one of 10 sailors whose bodies were recovered over the weekend.
They died after a warship collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore last week.
"We are heartbroken with the news and will miss him tremendously," Palmer's family said in a release. "We are so very thankful God gave us 23 amazing years with him and we will cherish those memories for the rest of our lives."
Palmer touched people's lives nearly everywhere he went.
He was an Eagle Scout.
"I was really shocked and upset," said Palmer’s Scoutmaster John May with Troop 43 in Mt. Zion. "I knew he was in the Navy. My son was in the Navy also and that's something that you never want to hear. I guess the bitter, sweet part is that when they found him, there was closure on where he was at."
Palmer was a sweet kid, full of energy, May said.
Young Palmer became a hardworking leader, making Eagle Scout at 16-years-old.
"It's the best of the best and it takes a lot of perseverance and a lot of dedication to make Eagle," May said.
Even greater than making Eagle was Palmer's dedication to his country.
"He died for protecting his country and I think that's the good part of it, the sweet part of it," May said. "The bitter part is, we lost him."
Before graduating from Sangamon Valley High School, Palmer went to Sangamon Valley East Elementary where people deeply miss him.
"He always had his hand up," said the elementary school's Principal Valerie Janvrin. "He always wanted to tell stories. Sometimes I had to refrain from calling on him because his stories would go on and on and on, but really just a kind-hearted, sweet kid."
Palmer's father says their family is going to Dover Air Force Base for military ceremonies Thursday.