Palmer, Gilbert Swain, Jr., Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1977, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1950 - 1968

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Birmingham, Alabama
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
41E 53

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2011, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance WingUS Air Force
  1967-1968, 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1967-1968, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1968-1977, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-89 Scorpion  RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1951-1954, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1951-1956, F-89 Scorpion
  1967-1968, RF-4C Phantom II1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Funeral at Arlington1
  Jan 18, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He and his back-seater, Col. (then Capt.) Thomas T. Wright, were shot down during an unarmed photo-recon mission. The crash site in Laos near the North VietNam border was not found until 1999. Some of Col. Palmer's remains were found but it can not be learned at this time if some of Col. Wright's were as well. He was promoted to colonel while in MIA status. His remains were interred in Arlington Nov 1, 2011.


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