Southeast Veteran Inducted Into Senator Greg Ball’s 2nd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame
Brewster, N.Y. – (3/2/13) – Over two dozen veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I - Patterson) 2nd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony. Among them, was Robert Palmer from the Town of Southeast.
The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will also be individually featured on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.
“I am excited to induct this 2nd class of heroes into our Veterans’ Hall of Fame! These men and women have been hand-picked by their communities because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty,” said Senator Greg Ball. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”
Robert Palmer is the Town of Southeast’s honoree for the 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Robert Palmer was born in Brewster, New York in May 1921. He served in the United States Army from August 1942 to December 1945, achieving the rank of Platoon Sergeant, commanding a sixteen-man gun section.
During his service, Robert Palmer earned the American Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Robert Palmer has served for 20 years as Chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 672. He belonged to all Putnam County Cemetery committees, twelve in total. He also dug holes and cemented flag holders by those graves. Robert Palmer has helped the Putnam Community Action Program with their food drives, has served on the Putnam County Historical Committee speaking to schools and Boy Scout troops on the history of war, and volunteered with The Salvation Army. He has earned induction into the Putnam County Sheriff's Honor Corp for his volunteer and civic commitments to the community.
Robert Palmer retired after 41 years with Conrail.
For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.