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Date Posted: Fri, May 27 2005, 22:21:02
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-22.214.171.124.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 126.96.36.199
Subject: Re: Anthony Palumbo
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's message, "Anthony Palumbo" on Fri, May 27 2005, 17:39:56
SP4 Anthony Paul Palumbo's Army serial number is US 51774776 (which means that he was drafted) and his MOS was 11C20 (Indirect Fire Infantryman = mortar crewman). He was born on 12/6/47. His tour of duty in Vietnam began on 9/6/67 and his unit was "B" Company, 2nd Mechanized Battalion ("Panthers"), 47th Infantry Regiment ("Raiders"), 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables"). That is my old company, but I didn't get there until December, 1968. Since SP4 Palumbo was an eleven charlie he was probably in the 4th Platoon which was our company's mortar platoon. His hometown of record was Buffalo, New York and his religious preference was Roman Catholic.
SP4 Palumbo was KIA on 5/12/68 in Gia Dinh Province due to "Hostile, Ground Casualty, Multiple Fragmentation Wounds". Gia Dinh Province is the province which surrounds the Municipality of Saigon. For a good map of the area, see http://www.nexus.net/~911gfx/vietnam/maps/nc48-07/nc48_07c.html . At that time, the 2nd/47th's battalion base camp was at Bearcat in Bien Hoa Province which was about 40 Km. east-by-northeast of Saigon and is not on the above map. There are a couple of touching tributes to SP4 Palumbo on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page ( http://thewall-usa.com/ ). One is from a guy who grew up with him in Buffalo, NY and the other from someone who was in the same platoon with him during basic training.
In order to get in touch with someone who knew your cousin in Vietnam, try leaving a message in the guestbooks of our two principle battalion websites at http://www.angelfire.com/tx3/247infantry/ and http://www.angelfire.com/ny/binhphouc/ . Since the 2nd/47th was a mechanized outfit, we moved around quite a bit riding on top of M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers or "tracks". A mortar platoon track had an 81mm mortar inside which could fire when the top doors were open. All tracks also had an M-2, .50 caliber, heavy machine gun mounted on top.
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