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Don Palmer - World War II

Donald E. Palmer served as a sailor with the 4th Beach Battalion in the Mediterranean theater during World War II. The 4th Beach Battalion was a newly organized unit that prepped beaches for army amphibious forces. He saw action during the landings at Sicily, Salerno, and St. Tropez in southern France.

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Donald Palmer, in a close-up view, on board an LST off the coast of Southern France waiting for the landing at St. Tropez.

Where:

off the coast of Southern France

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Members of the 4th Beach Battalion with a tank from Patton's command on the beach at Sicily. Note “Blood-N-Guts” stenciled on the side of the tank.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Members of the 4th Beach Battalion at the beachhead at Salerno.

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Salerno

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Members of the 4th Beach Battalion on Salerno beach.

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Salerno

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Unknown

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Source citation is provided.

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Don Palmer (left) and John Callahan stand next to a downed Focke-Wulf FW-190 German fighter following the landings at Salerno.

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Salerno

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Palmer with his buddy Harry Stephens, the former light heavyweight champion of Chicago, rest up in their pup tent following Salerno.

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Staging Area Naples

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Palmer with Len Matz, Don's brother's best friend back in Illinois. Matz showed up unexpectedly looking for Don at the unit's rest camp following Salerno. The unit set up in a soccer stadium.

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Palmer and unit members, and tent mates, at the rest camp. In front, left to right are Don, Francis Sellers and John Callahan (the unit's oldest member at 42). In the back are Charles Root, Murphy, and Electricians Mate 1st Class Richman.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Members of Company B, 4th Beach Battalion gather in front of the Mussolini Apartments in Italy. Don (the photographer) is the only unit member not in the photo.

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Italy

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Donald Palmer, on board the LST off the coast of southern France prior to the landing. See photo 01 for a close-up.

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off the coast of southern France

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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The same ship as it prepares for landings in southern France, filled with troops and equipment destined for the beaches.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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A GI showed his disrespect for Hitler by defecating on his portrait, found by Palmer after the landings in southern France.

Where:

southern France.

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Don Palmer in a boat that John Callahan ‘liberated' in southern France. The boat reportedly belonged to an American tourist.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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This trawler was used by French commandoes to land at St. Tropez four days after the initial landing.

Where:

St. Tropez

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1044

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Narrator's photo.

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French commandoes getting a warm welcome from the local population.

Where:

Southern France

When:

1944

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Narrator's Photo

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A group of 4th Platoon, Company B, 4th Beach Battalion members gather after the landings in southern France. Going shirtless is Harry Stephens.

Where:

southern France

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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A group of 4th Platoon, Company B, 4th Beach Battalion members gather in front of a captured Nazi flag after the landings in southern France.

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southern France

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo.

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Buddies Rolen Bedard, Emery Dubay and Don Palmer gather at a Los Angeles watering hole prior to being shipped out to the Pacific, circa summer 1945.

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Los Angeles

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circa summer 1945

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Narrator's photo.

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Donald Palmer, in a photo taken during the interview, October 2007.

Where:

IL Information Services, Springfield, IL

When:

October 2007.

Ownership:

Narrator's photo.



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