Honoring Illinois heroes who died in service to our country

Today the House of Representatives honored the memory of three Illinois heroes who died within the last 12 month while in service to our country.

Petty Officer 2nd Class 
Logan S. Palmer 
United States Navy
Logan Stephen Palmer, Petty Officer 2nd Class, 23, of Harristown, IL, passed away on August 21, 2017 while serving his country aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea.

He attended Northwest Christian School where he was baptized. He later attended Harristown Schools and was an honor roll student at Sangamon Valley High School, graduating in the class 2012. He then attended Richland Community College, graduating with high honors in 2014.

Logan enlisted in the Navy in April, 2016, completed Basic Training and received further training in US Navy Class C School in San Diego, finishing 3rd in his class. His first assignment was to the USS John S McCain (DDG-56).

Logan was a member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 43, where he achieved the Rank of Eagle Scout along with his brother Kaleb in 2011.

Private Jamanni M. Gibson 
United States Army
Jamanni "Jay" M. Gibson, 21, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, formerly of Peoria, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Jamanni was a graduate of Manual Academy. He was yearbook editor, Battalion Commander of the J.R.O.T.C., member of the Honor Guard and Color Guard, was the 2015 Regional and Sectional Champion for Manual Academy Speech Team and placed 10th overall in Oratorical Declamation at the State Finals. Jamanni's organizations and accomplishments included, attending Boy's State, Drill Team, Elite Youth Outreach Program member, Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, Hope Renewed Youth Conference, Key Club, Rotary Club Sterling Merit Award and Outstanding Student Award, Scholastic Bowl, School Mayor, Student Council and Top 10 in his class. Jamanni attended the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2015 to 2017, majoring in Urban Development and minoring in Political Science.

Jamanni joined the U.S. Army on July 11, 2017, and was assigned to Golf Forward Support Company based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Private First Class Gibson attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a Motor Transport Operator. Private first Class Gibson's awards and decorations included the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Marksmanship Badge- Expert and the Army Service Ribbon.

Sergeant Marcos L. Gudino 
United States Army
Sergeant Marcos Leonardo Gudino, 30, of Elgin passed away on March 25, 2018 from injuries sustained in an accident involving a military ambulance that was part of a convoy of vehicles returning from weekend training at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Marcos graduated from St. Edwards Central Catholic High School in 2006 and attended Elgin Community College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2010 and earned the Army Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.

Marcos served as a Sergeant in the National Guard as a Medic, and was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment based at General Richard L. Jones Armory in Chicago.

Marcos had recently received a job offer to become a Police Officer for the Village of Streamwood.