I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "persist". If you mean persist to a java class, the answer is yes, there is a solution. By simply using the <html:select> and <htmlptions> tags, Struts automatically persists the values entered into the ActionForm bean when the form is submitted.
If you mean persist to a database, the answer is no, there is no solution using tags only. Struts is an MVC framwork, and putting logic to access a database in a JSP breaks the MVC model. The Struts way to persist data to a database is to include that logic in the "model" portion of your application and then have your Action class send messages to your model classes to persist data. [ November 19, 2006: Message edited by: Merrill Higginson ]