Colonel Herman Thomas Palmer Jr.

28 mai 195425 juin 2020

Colonel Herman Thomas Palmer, Jr., age 66, of Brandon, FL passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was born on May 28, 1954 in Savannah, GA, the son of Harriett (Mullen) and Herman Thomas Palmer, Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Gail; daughters, Kristina (Doug) Walker and Ashley (Ricky) Secor; grandchildren, Ava, Hank, Oliver, Eleanor, James, Hattie, Opal, Charlie and Arlo; siblings, Debra Decker, William Palmer and Regina Hurley; brothers in law, Bill (Lianne) Trevarthen, Jeff (Jan) Trevarthen and Ian (Heidi) Trevarthen and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice at https://lifepathhospice.chaptershealth.org/GeneralDonation

Private family services will be held.


  • Survivors include his wife, Gail; daughters, Kristina (Doug) Walker and Ashley (Ricky) Secor; grandchildren, Ava, Hank, Oliver, Eleanor, James, Hattie, Opal, Charlie and Arlo; siblings, Debra Decker, William Palmer and Regina Hurley; brothers in law, Bill (Lianne) Trevarthen, Jeff (Jan) Trevarthen and Ian (Heidi) Trevarthen and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Colonel Herman Thomas Palmer Jr.

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LTC (R) Jay Land

juillet 24, 2020

I’m terribly saddened to hear this. COL Palmer was a tremendous leader and officer. Till Valhalla! All the Way!!!


juillet 16, 2020

Dear Gail & Family, we are saddened by your loss. Our loss must seem small, but you & Tom have so many, many friends who grieve with you. You'll recall that we served in Hq XVIII Abn Corps together, at Ft. Bragg and Iraq. The sad news has caused many, many of us here to share our "Tom stories". He was serious about professional matters, but always ready with a smile and some help for anyone in need. Our prayers for God's continued Blessings to you and all - Airborne, Jim H.

Jeff Trevarthen

juillet 7, 2020

There is so much to say about Tom, Gail's best mate as she she called him, nothing will replace all the memories, nor should they, all treasured. You both deserved each other and those thoughts will always be in our hearts, never forgotten.
Tom was such a "Hoot", so inspiring and his humour was unmistakable, his knowledge on sports and history was incredible,
you would always want him as company in any situation.
We all had incidents in our life to remember about this fantastic bloke, Cameron and his fiancee Megan when working in Florida a few years ago were taken in by Tom and Gail, when Aaron was studying in North Carolina in 2014, you guessed it, Tom was there to help out when the need was there, only last year in Vancouver, Canada, Jan and myself had the pleasure of having Tom and Gail on an Alaskan cruise, so pleasurable and the best company ever.
One memory that will never leave me is what I will finish on is all about a dinner in Spanish restaurant Tampa in 2014. "Dios los beniga y para siempre en nuestros corazones descanse en paz companero" (God bless and forever in our hearts, rest in peace mate!)
Jeff, Jan, Cameron (Canada), Nathan and Aaron from Sydney, Australia

William Trevarthen

juillet 6, 2020

Gail, when you came back from Cambodia and told us about this soldier of soldiers that had taken an interest in you, your health and your well being, I thought, now there's a man I would like to meet. From there it seemed to blossom and grow into the best life could give you. And that was Tom. Meeting him for the first time, I saw an honest, determined, straight forward and caring man who loved you. Our children (all grown now) saw and grew to understand the strength of character that Tom showed in who he was and all have loving memories to cherish of him. George Bernard Shaw wrote - " Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for a moment and want to let it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on the future generations" This was Tom, as much as he tried to put a shade over his life and work, we all saw him as he was. A very noble, quiet, unassuming man with a fire for giving the best he always could. God Bless and keep your spirit safe always, Tom, and know that you are still loved and respected until you are one with your shared love for Gail. Love you both Tom and Gail.
William (Bill), Lianne, Jonathan, Daniel, Simon and Brienne Trevarthen

Theo Vanhedel

juillet 6, 2020

Colonel Palmer what to say, having so many wonderful wonderful memories, while I served under your command. You inspired me with your professionalism and kindness. I am so proud knowing you. Rest In Peace will missing you. HUHAAH

Graydon Field

juillet 6, 2020

Sincere condolences to the family and our prayers for you all during this difficult time. Reflecting back on the fond memories of service with our comrade in arms, leader and friend. Truly loved his care and concern for the Soldiers and Civilians he led at CEG-E and the War Fighter mission he supported. He will be greatly missed.

Graydon & Linda Field

Chuck Fick

juillet 6, 2020

I was Colonel Palmer's Public Affairs Officer at Combat Equipment Group - Europe in Eygelshoven, Netherlands. We became a dynamic duo as he taught me the entire range of Hooahs!
He really only gave me one direct order: "I'm Tom Palmer. Leave my given name, Herman, out of the press."
I wonder if his tattered, red Florida State University cap made it into the Great Beyond with him...
He made us laugh, but we never, ever doubted his total devotion to the Army, his Soldiers and civilian employees - and our families.
Along the way, we became friends. And it was only after we had both moved on that he stopped calling me Mr. Fick.
The praise he most prized was being called a "real muddy-boots Soldier." Hooah!

Ian Trevarthen

juillet 5, 2020

Gail, when you and Tom found each other, not only did you find a husband, a soul mate, and best friend but for us you picked the best new brother and friend, and uncle to our son Dylan, that we could have wished for.
Though being half a world away meant we only saw each other every few years, we will cherish the memories of those get-togethers always. We will especially miss the non-stop ‘Tom’ jokes, always met with equal parts laughter and groans.
Tom, we thank you for being all that you were to us all and especially to my sister Gail.
You will be missed. Rest in Peace mate. Ian, Heidi & Dylan. Brisbane, Australia.

Cindy Parker

juillet 2, 2020

My husband and I met Tom at a gathering in their home. He was someone I felt I knew the way Gail talked about him and he made you feel right at home. A more true love could not be found. Gail and I quilted together for many years. This is how I grew to know Tom. They had an interesting meeting and Gail had loving stories of their life together. My heart goes out to Gail and all of their family. Tom left much too soon. With deepest sympathy and love. Gail I am so sorry for your loss. Please lean on us, we love you.

Thomas Sachariason

juillet 1, 2020

COL (Ret) Palmer was my second battalion commander (7th Trans Bn “Orient Express”). He promoted me to 1LT and made me his S1/ADJ in ‘95. For 16 months, I got to see him up close and personal and I learned so much. I learned how to be a good staff officer and I learned how to lead. I didn’t see him for many years until running into him in Iraq in 2006. Then, just a few years later I end up at CENTCOM J4. He was one of the first people I saw there and was so relieved to know I could go to him for advice and guidance. Many times in my career when I was challenged with a difficult situation, I’d remember how he would’ve handled it, and I knew what to do. When my daughter told me she was going to Florida State, I knew he’d approve:-) God bless the family. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for supporting him so that he could serve so well for so long.