Placer County supervisors are supporting efforts to name an undesignated peak in the eastern county in honor of three Tahoe-area servicemen who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The peak is in the Lake Tahoe basin on U.S. Forest Service land in Placer County. It would be called Gold Star Peak.
The three fallen include: U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Phillip Brandon Williams, 21, who died Oct. 9, 2006, in Iraq; U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy M. Smith, 25, who died April 7, 2008, in Iraq; and U.S. Army Spc. Garrett Fant, 21, who died Sept. 26, 2011, in Afghanistan.
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. He had told his father he wanted to be deployed so he could protect the people of Iraq.
Smith, who left behind a wife and young son, also was killed in action in Baghdad while performing military duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Fant, who intended to serve his country in the Army for 20 years, then return to Lake Tahoe to teach high school history, was killed in action in southern Afghanistan while engaged in military operations for Operation Enduring Freedom to bring stability to Afghanistan.
The peak's recommended name, Gold Star, is from the Gold Star lapel pin established by Congress in 1947 to identify widows, parents and relatives of service members killed in certain operations since World War I.
The supervisors on Tuesday passed a proclamation supporting the naming of the peak.
The request will now move on to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which is responsible for approving the naming of natural features. An official there said naming requests typically take eight months or more.
Before the board votes on potential names, the name is vetted by local agencies and native groups that might have objections.
Lou Yost, executive secretary of the agency, said they have yet to hear back from the American Indian populations with ties to the area.
The peak naming request, spearheaded by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has already been supported by the American Legion, El Dorado County and the city of South Lake Tahoe.
"We can never do enough to acknowledge the sacrifices these young people have made in answering the call of their country," McClintock said.
South Lake Tahoe is also planning mount a plaque honoring the fallen. It would be placed at the new Lake View Commons Park, allowing people to look out across the lake at the peak, said city spokeswoman Tracy Franklin.