Eugene Franklin Palmer

In Memory of
Army Fl O

Eugene Franklin Palmer
Canova, South Dakota
Miner County
June 23, 1918  March 14, 1945
Killed in Action over Belgium

Eugene Franklin Palmer was born on June 23, 1918, at Ramona, South Dakota, to Frank and Myrtle Palmer. He had two brothers and four sisters. When Eugene was only a year old, his mother fell ill and died in the influenza epidemic of 1919. Eugene attended school at Salem, Canova, De Smet, and Webster, S.D., graduating with the class of 1936 in Canova.

Following graduation, Eugene enlisted for a three-year stint in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Meade, S.D. After his discharge and college training at Chillicothe, Missouri, Eugene enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he served for three years. After successful service, Palmer transferred to the United States Air Force, just as he was about to receive his warrant officers First Class rating, on June 2, 1944.

While stationed in Washington, DC with the US Air Force, Fl O Palmer married Miss Harriet Marie Reid of Keene, Ontario, Canada, on August 5, 1944. Palmer was ordered overseas in January of 1945.

USAC Flight Officer Eugene Palmer died March 14, 1945, when he was shot down while piloting a P-47 Thunderbolt over Belgium. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, grave #34-2581.

A quote from his memorial bulletin is as follows:

As Eugene bravely did his duty, and risked his life at the call of his country, we who morn his death wish to bravely and cheerfully bear our bereavement hoping for a glad reunion in the future life.

The following quote from General J.A. Ulio was also found in Eugenes memorial bulletin:

I know the sorrow this message has brought you, and it is my hope that in time the knowledge of his heroic service to his country, even unto death, may be of sustaining comfort to you. I extend to you my deepest sympathy.

"He Is Just Away"

I cannot say, and I will not say,
That he is dead. He is just away;
With cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there.
And you,-O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step, and the glad return.

Think of him faring on as dear
In the love of There, as the love of Here;
Think of him as the same, I say;
He is not dead, he is just away.

--J Whitcomb Riley

This entry was respectfully submitted by, Allison M. Honomichl, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 21, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Lorraine Koepsell, Canova, South Dakota, half sister of Flight Officer Eugene Palmer.

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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