KINGS BEACH, Calif. - The Placer County Supervisors this week gave support to efforts to name an unnamed peak off Lake Tahoe's North Shore in honor of three Tahoe-area servicemen who were killed in action in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The peak, located on U.S. Forest Service land between Mount Pluto and Martis Peak above Kings Beach, would be called Gold Star Peak.
The three fallen men include two soldiers and one Marine:
• PFC Phillip Brandon Williams, USMC, 21, died Oct. 9, 2006 in Iraq,
• Sergeant Timothy M. Smith, USA, 25, died April 7, 2008 in Iraq; and
• Specialist Garrett Fant, USA, 21, died Sept. 26, 2011 in Afghanistan.
After the Placer board's vote on Tuesday, the request moves on to the Board on Geographical Names, which is responsible for approving the naming of this natural feature, according to a Placer County press release. 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 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 World War II, the award authority is retroactive to WW I, and includes most subsequent conflicts.