Palma, Gerard Vincent


Rank: Captain

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 1204 – Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: OH-6A, Passenger

Enlisted by: Regular

Commission Source: United States Military Academy Class of 1964

Date of birth: 24-Sep-1941

Hometown: Hammonton, New Jersey

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 4-Aug-1968

Entered service: 3-Jun-1964

Incident date: 19-Apr-1969

Date of casualty: 19-Apr-1969

Age at death: 27

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Helicopter Crash — Passenger (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Gerard Vincent Palma died as a result of wound received while a passenger on a military aircraft on a military mission when the aircraft received small arms fire from a hostile force. The aircraft did not crash. He was admitted to a military medial facility and expired shortly thereafter. / Passenger on light observation helicopter (LOH) on command and control mission when aircraft hit by hostile small arms fire.  Aircraft did not crash or burn.  Admitted to 2d Surgical Hospital, Lai Khe, 19 Apr 1969 at 1050 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred 19 Apr 1969 at 1045 hrs.

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, XT 987 282

Place of interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 26W 008 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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