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In honor of pvt King R. PALMER jr (101 ABN, 501 PIR, Reg. HQ, S-2), KIA in September 1944 near Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

 
Picture: fieldsofhonor-database.com
 

Question...Do you take everything for granted on the world wide web?
Let's for a moment pretend you are a close family member of private PALMER and you are searching for details on PALMER's death. You know he was a member of the
501 Parachute Infantry Regiment.

So you Google: 'King Palmer 501'. The first search result you'll get is a well known forum on WWII, more specifically a discussion dating back to 2012 between the author of several
books on the 101st Airborne Division and the curator of the 101st Airborne museum at Ft Campbell (now deceased). And this is what you'll find:

QUOTE: "Palmer (not to be confused with another RHQ/501 trooper named Irby Palmer) had joined as a RHQ/S-2 replacement before Market Garden. When they jumped into the
Hells Highway corridor, about 1/2 dozen S-2 guys from the 501st hitched a ride north, aboard vehicles of the Guards Armored Division, thinking they might be among the first Americans
to reach Berlin. However, they got as far as Nijmegen and jumped-off, first occupying a hotel in disputed territory, which they had to shoot their way out of, to hook-up with local 82nd
troopers. They had a few shootouts with German forces and in one of those, King Palmer was KIA. Ted Becker told me he had significant guilt feelings and blamed himself for allowing
King Palmer to tag along on that unauthorized adventure into 82nd territory
." END QUOTE

So, how does that make you feel as a family member, finding out that private PALMER, in essence, died in vain on an "unauthorized adventure"?
And how about that fellow soldier who "had significant guilt feelings and blamed himself for allowing King Palmer to tag along..."?

Let's correct this wrong here.

Pfc Carl H. CARTLEDGE, PALMER's teamleader on this reconnaisance mission, in 1986 writes to P.M. Pulles (original author of the reference book
Screaming Eagles of WWII) that 'When the British broke through to Veghel about September 21 to 23, we were sent north with them toward the bridge over the Waal.'

Reconnaissance was their task, being S-2. Being sent on missions like this was their task.
PALMER was NOT on an "unauthorized adventure". He did not die in vain - he died doing his job, he died for our freedom.
RIP soldier - thank you for our freedom.

Contribution by Petra Pulles, Honorary Member of the 101st Airborne Division.
More information on 501HQ S-2 by CARTLEDGE in the Library of Congress.
More pictures of King PALMER

This item is the result of sorting out the late P.M. Pulles' archive consisting of years of correspondence with WWII veterans and fellow researchers.

By posting the information on our website, we hope to be a channel for family members and researchers to find additional information.

We will always mention the source of the information. In case you find a source is missing or you know the data is incorrect or incomplete, we invite you to drop us a line.

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