Soldier from Landrum injured in Iraq this month

Published 7:15 pm Monday, July 27, 2009

Adam Palmer holds his baby daughter, Mya, who was born on Easter Sunday of this year. Palmer was injured while on duty in Iraq on July 14. He was recently listed in serious condition, upgraded from critical condition, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (photo submitted)He was recently transferred from Germany to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

His mother, Gale Palmer, joined her son this week at Walter Reed. She has worked at White Oak Manor in Tryon for 32 years, and her co-workers are holding a cook-out today to help raise money for the family. The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at White Oak Manor on Oak Street in Tryon. Palmer&39;s co-workers purchased the majority of the food for the benefit. IGA also chipped in hamburger and hotdog buns and chips and Tryon Estates donated condiments.

Staff Sgt. Palmer played football for Landrum High School and by the time he was in 11th grade had signed on to join the U.S. Army. He married his wife, Ellenie, in March, 2008; their daughter, Mya, was born on Easter Sunday of this year.

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Palmer suffered a fractured leg and arm, and shrapnel was embedded in his body in the bombing. He told his mother last week that doctors had not yet set his arm and leg because they were having to pull shrapnel from his body one piece at a time. Palmer&squo;s condition was upgraded this week from critical to serious.

White Oak also held a cookie sale earlier this week to raise money for the family.

Adam Palmer and his family have been stationed in Texas.