Charles D. Palmer
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|Charles Day Palmer|
February 20, 1902|
|Died||June 7, 1999
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1924-1962|
|Commands held|| Sixth United States Army
1st Cavalry Division
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
|Relations||William Edward Birkhimer (grandfather)
Williston B. Palmer (brother)
|Other work||military consultant|
Charles Day Palmer (February 20, 1902 – June 7, 1999) was a United States Army four-star general who served as Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command (DCINCEUR) from 1959 to 1962. His brother, Williston B. Palmer, was also a four-star general, and his grandfather, William Edward Birkhimer, was a general and Medal of Honor recipient.
As the United States entered World War II, the then Major Palmer was in the British West Indies working to establish military bases and on anti-submarine warfare projects. Palmer went to Europe in 1944 as chief of staff of the 2nd Armored Division, and continued in that role during the Normandy invasion, the breakout from Saint-Lô, and crossing the Siegfreid Line.
Palmer was with the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan on occupation duty when the Korean War erupted. He was the commander of the division artillery commander and later the division commander, participating in six campaigns.
Palmer's later posts included Commander, Sixth United States Army in California and Deputy Commander of U.S. forces in Europe. After serving as Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command, he retired in 1962.
Awards and decorations
|Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster|
|Legion of Merit|
|Distinguished Flying Cross|
Post military career
After retiring from the Army, Palmer settled in Washington and worked as a military consultant with the Research Analysis Corporation. He was also a director of both St. Albans School and the Retired Officers Association, and a member of the Army and Navy Club.
Palmer died in Washington D.C. on June 7, 1999 at the age of 97 of cardiac arrest in his home in Knollwood, a military retirement community. He was survived by Eugenia Kingman Palmer, whom he married in 1954, and a son. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to his brother and mother.
|Commanding General of the Sixth United States Army
Robert M. Cannon