U.S. Marine Corps
When Jack Palmer graduated from high school, World War II was raging. Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps, and the next four years of his life were spent in the Pacific Theater, as a member of the 7th Marine Defense Division. As a Combat Rifleman, he participated in numerous battles as the Allied forces drove to turn the tide of the conflict. Especially noteworthy was Battle on the island of Pelieleu, one of the bloodiest of the war.
Upon return to civilian life, Jack settled into normal life in the community. He was a charter member and long-term Commandant of the Lock City Detachment of the Marine Corps League, and was also a member of the VFW and of the Catholic War Veterans. He was elected to the Stamford Board of Representatives for four terms, enjoyed a long tenure on the Republican Town Committee, and was on the Board of the Connecticut State Opera.
Jack proudly celebrated his 87th birthday earlier this year. He and his wife Mary have three children and five grandchildren