K Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The Blackhorse In Vietnam 1966 - 1972

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Gerard Vincent Palma


CAPT - O3 - Army - Regular
27 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Sep 24, 1941
Length of service 4 years.
His tour of duty began on Aug 04, 1968
Casualty was on Apr 19, 1969
Hostile, died of wounds
Body was recovered

Remains Intered
Arlington National Cemetery Sect 8, 5518-E

Panel 26W - - Line 8

Gerard Vincent Palma - Captain - Commanding K Troop
Photo Courtesy - Eric Newton

Several years after his death, Gerry's family found the following lines in his handwritten personal notebook: "There are games that you play to play; there are games that you play to win; there are games that you do not play. The closest analogy I can offer people as to what I mean when I say 'I am a soldier' is that it is analogous to what I mean when I say 'I am a Catholic.' I wish to live a soldier's life, do a soldier's work, render a soldier's services, and die a soldier's death."

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Harry Terry (Spanky) remembers Gerard Vincent Palma

November 22, 2009
Leader, No FEAR
Posted By: Harry Terry
e-Mail: soar707@yahoo.com
Relationship: Trooper

When I arrived in the field, there was a memorial service for three troopers and I had a lump in my throat.  Scared and not knowing what to do or say.  Then I saw a man walking toward us looking brave and confident, saying "Lets Go" and we followed. Capt. Palma at that moment instilled no fear and knowing with his presence we would prevail at anything.  Never spoke to the Captain, but always felt I could follow him anywhere.

Editor's Note:  On April 24, 2008 Donald J. Waterman, SSG A co. 3-81st Armor, Cadre 194th Armor, Ft. Knox, KY writes:

I'm a recently mobilized reservist from South Carolina. I teach Combat Life Saver training to Basic Training Soldiers here at Ft. Knox KY.  I thought you would be interested in knowing that the training facility we teach in is Palma Hall.  Day 1 of training includes a brief introduction which includes a short biography and history of CPT. Palma. CPT. Palma's ultimate sacrifice did not go unnoticed here.

Ben Butts remembers Gerard Vincent Palma

December 14, 2000
"Captain Palma's Photo"
Posted By: Ben Butts
e-Mail: bbenblue@aol.com
Relationship: K Troop Brother - 2nd Plt. 11/ '68-'69

Your photo sir, was a very moving thing for me to see. There was no man that I admired more than you. You were the finnest leader that I served with in my short time in the army.

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