The King passes the bar
While you may know about Mr. Palmer’s time on the green, you may not know he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950 as a Yeoman and continued to serve until 1953. Though a Yeoman, Palmer, already a well known amateur golfer, participated in many matches as the Coast Guard allowed him to continue to play. He returned to Wake Forest and in 1954 he won the U.S. Amateur Championship before going on to pick up a few more over the years.
Below is the Oral History interview conducted by Richard Stephenson, Ph.D, the National Historian for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.