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Philip graduated with distinction from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island on June 22, 1990.
Philip graduated with distinction from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island on June 22, 1990.
The Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge on Avenue A over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough, PA was dedicated on August 18, 2018.


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Philip Palmatier, Jr. '72

Date of birth: November 4, 1950

Date of death: December 10, 1990

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:

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PHILIP FRANK PALMATIER, JR.

Phil left the hills of northern Pennsylvania not knowing what to expect. Consequently, he was not disappointed but emerged from Plebe year, in spite of a certain Corps type firstie, with hope that USNA did not spell NAVY. Not until 2/c Summer did he finally find the Navy his Dad had told him about. Having resolved then to graduate and fly, "Jet" concentrated on spending weekends with his girl, enjoying life, and staying SAT. Academics in the Aero Department certainly had some ups and downs because of this. Rounding out his professional experience on Plebe detail and the oldest destroyer in the Med increased his determination to get in the air any way possible. Jet looks forward to graduation and the immediate marriage pro-am with a bonus. His flair for the unconventional will undoubtedly afford his future a host of exploitable and precarious situations.

1972 Palmatier LB.jpg

PHILIP FRANK PALMATIER, JR.

Phil left the hills of northern Pennsylvania not knowing what to expect. Consequently, he was not disappointed but emerged from Plebe year, in spite of a certain Corps type firstie, with hope that USNA did not spell NAVY. Not until 2/c Summer did he finally find the Navy his Dad had told him about. Having resolved then to graduate and fly, "Jet" concentrated on spending weekends with his girl, enjoying life, and staying SAT. Academics in the Aero Department certainly had some ups and downs because of this. Rounding out his professional experience on Plebe detail and the oldest destroyer in the Med increased his determination to get in the air any way possible. Jet looks forward to graduation and the immediate marriage pro-am with a bonus. His flair for the unconventional will undoubtedly afford his future a host of exploitable and precarious situations.

Loss

Philip was killed in a mid-air collision on December 10, 1990 while piloting a TA-4J. He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.

Other Information

From the Pensacola News Journal on December 12, 1990:

Palmatier was finishing his Navy career at the time of the accident. As a young man, Palmatier was so interested in flying, he was nicknamed “Jet” in high school, said Burton Shirey, Coudersport High School principal. “All he ever wanted to do was fly,” Shirley said.

Palmatier’s father, Philip Sr., and his uncle, Harry Palmatier, were both retired Navy captains and pilots. The two taught Palmatier to fly when he was still in high school from an airport they operate near Coudersport. A Navy pilot since 1974, Palmatier had more than 4,000 flight hours and more than 629 carrier landings, mostly in the A-6 Intruders.

He reported to Chase Field in August 1988 from the Pentagon to be executive officer of VT-25 squadron. Palmatier had requested to be reassigned from the Pentagon and to any flying duty, his family said.

Palmatier was married to his former high school sweetheart, Berle Alice Tate, and the couple had three sons, Joshua, Jason and Jacob. Palmatier was scheduled to retire in September 1991, family members said.

Philip graduated with distinction from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island on June 22, 1990.

The Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge on Avenue A over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough, PA was dedicated on August 18, 2018.



Class of 1972

Philip is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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