Grave marker for Russell J. Palmerton the Good
Shepherd section, Centuries Memorial Park, Shreveport (Caddo Parish),
Russell first enlisted in he Army on 17 August 1936
and had at least two additional enlistments on 7 December 1940 and 23
July 1942. He was discharged on 7 March 1943 to accept a
commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.
On 28 August 1944, Lt Palmerton was transferred from
82d Airborne Division. Leicester, England to Company E, 508th PIR with
the principal duty of assistant platoon leader.
On 21 January 1945, Lt. Palmerton was wounded in
action in Belgium. He returned to duty on 2 February.
He was transferred to the 13th Airborne Division on 28
20 August 1945, 2nd Lt. Palmerton was listed with the 517th PIR aboard
the USAT Madawaska Victory when it docked in New York City Harbor after
departing from Le Havre, France.
Russell apparently chose to remain in service and was
reclassified as a warrant officer attaining the grade of CWO on 1