Palmer Jr., Bruce, GEN

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00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1973-1974, 00GC, US Readiness Command
Service Years
1936 - 1974



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Palmer Jr., Bruce (12th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army), GEN USA(Ret).
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Home Town
Austin, Texas
Last Address
Alexandria, Virginia

Date of Passing
Oct 10, 2000
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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18th Airborne Corps 1st Cavalry Division 1st Infantry Division 82nd Airbone Division

U.S. Army Vietnam II Field Force, Vietnam Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

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United States Army General. His father was United States Army Brigadier General Bruce Palmer Sr., and his grandfather, Major George Henry Palmer, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Civil War. He graduated sixth in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1936, and served in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he became a tactics instructor in the infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was a 1952 graduate of the Army War College and was its deputy commandant from 1959 to 1961. He became deputy commanding general to General William C. Westmoreland in Vietnam in 1967 and United States Army vice chief of staff, again under Westmoreland, in 1968. General Palmer was the Army's acting chief of staff in 1972 and retired in 1974 as Commander in Chief of the Army Readiness Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. His other assignments included a tour as White House liaison officer to the Army's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff. After retiring from active duty, he served two years as executive director of the Defense Manpower Commission. From 1976 to 1984, he was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a military member of the Central Intelligence Agency's military review panel and the agency's Center for the Study of Intelligence. His decorations included five Army Distinguished Service Medals, an Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He also held the director of central intelligence's National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
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 Unit Assignments
U.S. ArmyUnited States Department of War6th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 63rd Infantry
First Army (1st Army)Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAArmy War College (Staff)US Army Europe (USAREUR)
16th InfantryOffice of the Chief of Staff of the Army82nd Airborne Division8th Army
XVIII Airborne Corps (18th Corps)2nd Field Force Vietnam (II Field Force)US Army Vietnam (USARV)Department of the Army (DA)
US Readiness Command
  1940-1940, US Army Cavalry School
  1942-1943, 00G1, United States Department of War
  1944-1945, 00G1, 6th Infantry Division
  1945-1946, HHC, 1st Battalion, 63rd Infantry
  1947-1949, 00G1, First Army (1st Army)
  1949-1951, 00G1, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1951-1952, 00G1, Army War College (Staff)
  1952-1954, 00G1, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1954-1955, 00G1, HHC, 16th Infantry
  1955-1957, 00G1, Army War College (Staff)
  1957-1959, 00G1, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1959-1961, 00GC, Army War College (Staff)
  1961-1962, 00G1, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1962-1964, 00G1, 8th Army
  1965-1967, 00GC, XVIII Airborne Corps (18th Corps)
  1967-1968, 00GC, 2nd Field Force Vietnam (II Field Force)
  1967-1968, 00GD, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1968-1972, 00GC, Office of the Army Vice Chief of Staff
  1973-1974, 00GC, US Readiness Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1965-1966 Operation Power Pack (Dominican Republic)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyArmy War College
  1932-1936, United States Military Academy
  1951-1952, Army War College
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