Palm, Terry Alan, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1968 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate


First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 14, 1970
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 018

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment101st Airborne Division
  1969-1970, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
  1969-1970, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Operation Texas Star 1 Jul to Sep 70/Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  1963-1967, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord was a 23 day battle between the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division and the North Vietnamese Army from July 1, 1970 until July 23, 1970. It was the last major confrontation between United States ground forces and North Vietnam of the Vietnam War. Little was known about the battle until 1985, when the FSB Ripcord Association[2] was founded. Three Medals of Honor and six Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded to participants for actions during the operations.
Terry I knew only briefly from Jan 66 until May 66. We moved to his dorm the spring quarter of 1966. I was still a freshman in college.  Though it was only a short time I knew him, he left an impression as did many other 60 era impressions.  Some good, some bad, some sad.  Terry was a senior in college, I remember because the next year we moved across the hall in his room.   What first strikes you about him and his brother Larry is that they were bald or almost bald. Odd to me for a person so young.  Terry let’s said was bold for a lack of words.  He jogged a lot, did not have many friends that we knew of, did not drink and constantly talked about girls.  He talked so much we had to avoid him at times, we were engineering freshman and had to study, he was a senior in Liberal Arts.  We were so glad when he got engaged to a girl called Margaret.   He knew that after graduation that he was joining the Army.  The last advise we gave him was to take a lot of foot powder (if not you would certainly give away your position),  take a mosquito net, and for God’s sake keep your head down.   He just laughed with that great wide smile he had and that is the last time I saw him.

- Ernie (college dorm mate)
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