Lake Tahoe peaks to be named after servicemen?
The Placer County Supervisors this week has given their support to efforts to name an unnamed peak in Eastern Placer County in honor of three Tahoe-area servicemen who were killed in action in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The peak, located in the Lake Tahoe Basin on United States Forest Service land in Placer County, will be called Gold Star Peak.
The three fallen men include two soldiers and one Marine:
* PFC Phillip Brandon Williams, USMC, 21, died October 9, 2006 in Iraq;
* Sergeant Timothy M. Smith, USA, 25, died April 7, 2008 in Iraq; and
* Specialist Garrett Fant, USA, 21, died September 26, 2011 in Afghanistan.
The Board passed a proclamation supporting the naming of the peak. The request moves on to the Board on Geographical Names, which is responsible for approving the naming of this natural feature. The request to name the peak has already been supported by the American Legion, El Dorado County and the city of South Lake Tahoe.
The effort, spearheaded by U.S. Representative Tom McClintock, will have a memorial installed on Tahoe's South Shore with a view across the lake at the ridge where the peak is located. The efforts to offer remembrance to fallen service members include naming physical features, federal buildings and trails through the congressman's district.
Williams, whose father and uncle are sergeants with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, was in a military police unit in Iraq and was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq. He had told his father the reason he wanted to be deployed was so he could protect the people of Iraq.
Smith, who left behind a wife and young son, was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq, while performing military duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working to make the Iraqi capital a safer place for its citizens.
Fant, who intended to first serve his country in the U.S. Army for 20 years, then return to Lake Tahoe to teach high school history, was killed in action in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border, while engaged in military operations for Operation Enduring Freedom to bring stability to Afghanistan.
The three heroes take their places in history among the nine generations of Americans who have died in conflict around the globe.
The peak's name, Gold Star, comes from the Gold Star Lapel Pin that was established by Act of Congress in 1947 to identify widows, parents and next of kin of service members killed in certain operations. While enacted after WW II, the award authority is retroactive to WW I, and includes most subsequent conflicts.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesPlacer Vineyards granted Regional General PermitJust west of Roseville, Placer Vineyards was granted its Regional General Permit
Roseville Flash Police Digest UpdateRoseville, CA- The latest from Roseville Police activity log updates covering the period of January 5- 12, 2017.
Volvo S90: New luxury sedan replaces S80Roseville, CA- The new, rather cool 2017 Volvo S90, which becomes the Swedish automaker's flagship sedan. The S90 has little in common with the S80 and is newly designed from the ground up.
Going Up Again; Roseville Gas PricesRoseville, CA- Going up. As anticipated, gas prices continue pushing higher in Roseville and around the country heading to
VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Emissions Cheating Conspiracy CaseVolkswagen AG Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $4.3 Billion in Criminal and Civil Penalties; Six Volkswagen Executives and Employees are Indicted in Connection
FBI Teen Academy Applications Available OnlineRoseville, CA -The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento field office in Roseville is accepting applications for the Spring 2017 FBI Teen Academy
New Director for Sacramento Valley National Cemetery The Department of Veterans Affairs has named Michael H. Henshaw as the new Director of Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA
2017 Poetry Out Loud January 29Poetry Out Loud, sponsored by PlacerArts and the California Arts Council, is an annual event that leads Placer County high school students in learning and understanding
Crab Feed Tickets on Sale: Sierra College PatronsThe Sierra College Patron's Crab and Shrimp Feed will be held on Friday, February 17 at the McBean Pavilion, 65 McBean Park Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648.
UC Davis Health Appoints New CIO(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Following an extensive nationwide search, UC Davis Health has appointed William Showalter as Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Shutting Down the CircusRoseville, CA- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the colorful icon of traveling circus entertainment is packing up the tent following a rich and storied history that dates back to the 1800's.
Grand Opening Festivities at McBean Stadium January 21LINCOLN, Calif. - The revitalization effort of McBean Stadium is the result of a joint partnership between the City of Lincoln and William Jessup University
NEWS: In Case You Missed It