William L. Palmer

PALMER,WILLIAM

William L. Palmer

Colonel William L. Palmer was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 7-N-F, Class 2, 15 August 1961. His first duty assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader, B Company, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, Siler City, North Carolina. | Subsequent duty assignments include: Rifle Platoon Leader, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Detachment Executive Officer, A-15, C Company, 16th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Charlotte, North Carolina. Detachment Commander, A-8, A Company, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Huntsville, Alabama. Group Adjutant, 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Detachment Civic Action Officer, B-23, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Bam Me Thout (II Corps), Republic of Vietnam (ARepublic of Vietnam); Detachment Commander, A-236, B Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Camp Bu Prang (II Corps), Republic of Vietnam ; Company Commander, A Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Landing Zone Uplift (II Corps), Republic of Vietnam; Battalion Senior Advisor, Airborne Division Advisory Detachment, (MACV Team 162),11th Battalion (Airborne), 3rd Brigade, ARepublic of Vietnam Airborne Division, Headquarters, U.S. Army Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Republic of Vietnam; Assistant Operations Officer, Division Support Command, 8th Infantry Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Company Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry, Rhein Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany; Company Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy; Headquarters Commandant, Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; Executive Officer, U.S. Army Support Detachment, Fort MacArthur, California; Psychological Operations Officer, 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne), assigned to U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii: Security Assistance Officer, Security Assistance/ Arms Transfer Division, Politico-Military Affairs; J-5 (Plans and Policy Directorate) Organization of the Joint Chief of Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Psychological Operations Officer, Joint Special Operations Agency, J-3 (Operations Directorate)/ J-33 (Current Operations), Organization of the Joint Chief of Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Assistant Deputy Director for Unconventional Warfare, Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization Directorate Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.; Assistant Deputy Director for Special Operations, U.S. Special Operations Agency Office; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. | Colonel Palmer's awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star w/ “V” device and w/ 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Air Metal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Silver Star (twice awarded). | Colonel Palmer retired 19 April 1991.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Key Assignment
Rifle Platoon Leader, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Detachment Executive Officer, A-15, C Company, 16th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Charlotte, North Carolina. Detachment Commander, A-8, A Company, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Huntsville, Alabama. Group Adjutant, 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Highest Award
Silver Star
Year Inducted
2002
Branch Of Service
Infantry
Rank
Colonel
HF ID #
HF_02167

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