PALMER, George, Jr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1956, 111X, Mine Force Atlantic Fleet (MINELANT)
Service Years
1930 - 1960
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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1908
 
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Home Town
Timmonsville, S.C.
Last Address
George Goldston Palmer
Date of birth: January 25, 1908
Date of death: July 4, 1980
Place of Birth: Cartersville, S.C.
Raised in: Timmonsville, S.C.
Home of record: Charleston S.C.
Burial: St. Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery
Charleston, S.C.

Date of Passing
Jul 04, 1980
 
Location of Interment
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Rear Admiral George Goldston Palmer, U.S.N. (Ret.)


George G. Palmer, Jr., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1930. He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral. By the beginning of World War II he was a lieutenant commander and commanded the destroyer U.S.S. Cole, transforming it and another destroyer into troop carriers that led the assault into the harbor of Safi, French Morocco to seize the harbor in order for the invasion troops to land. The capture of the port was essential to the Allied invasion of North Africa. The maneuver was conducted in total darkness and under heavy enemy fire. For his actions before, during and after the assault he was awarded the Navy Cross. In 1944 Palmer, now a commander was awarded the Silver Star for heroism while commanding the destroyer U.S.S. Harding in the Normandy invasion on June 6 and June 7, 1944 where his command supported the invasion of Normandy by silencing numerous shore batteries inflicting heavy damage on the invasion force. In August of 1944 he received a second Silver Star for leading three destroyers in an attack against five E-boats attempting to breach the outer beachhead screen in Southern France, sinking two of the submarines. He also served in the Korean war as commanding officer of an ammunition ship operating off the coast of Korea. After his tour of duty was completed in Korea he was transferred to Washington D.C. where he was assigned to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. From 1954 to 1955 he was stationed at Charleston, South Carolina serving as chief of staff for the commander, Mine Force base. Palmer was promoted to rear admiral, and in 1959 after serving more than thirty years in the Navy retired from active service. After retirement he became the assistant director of the Berkeley, Charleston Regional Planning Commission. 

Burial was at Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

   
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 Duty Stations
USS Maryland (BB-46)US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Chara (AKA-58)
Mine Force Atlantic Fleet (MINELANT)
  1930-1933, 116X, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1934-1935, 111X, USS Perry (DD-340/DMS-17)
  1935-1936, 111X, USS Broome (DD-210)
  1937-1938, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1939, 111X, USS Erie (PG-50)
  1940-1941, 111X, USS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Cole (DD-155)
  1943-1944, 111X, USS Harding (DD-625)
  1950-1952, 111X, USS Chara (AKA-58)
  1954-1956, 111X, Mine Force Atlantic Fleet (MINELANT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
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United States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
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  Feb 28, 1920, His father George G. Palmer: from "History of South Carolina"
  Jul 04, 1980, General photos1
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