Jim Palmersheim,the son of a Marine who fought in Korea, Jim earned his bachelors degree and received a Regular Army Commission in 1984 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jim serves as an advisor to America's Huey 091 Foundation and is a tireless advocate for all our active duty military, our veterans and all of their families.
Jim was selected for follow-on training as an Aviation Intelligence Officer and subsequently transitioned into the RU-21H and OV-1D Reconnaissance aircraft. Jim left active duty in January 1990 to pursue a career as a pilot with American Airlines. With the exception of a recall to active duty in 1991 in support of Operation Dessert Shield / Storm, Jim served in the US Army Reserves until 1995 flying UH-1H Huey Helicopters.
In 2002, Jim and a group of volunteers flew a Vietnam Era Huey Helicopter 65-10091 in support of the documentary film “In the Shadow of the Blade“, and in 2004, they delivered and donated Huey 091 to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where it is the largest artifact in a major 30 year exhibit, "The Price of Freedom, Americans at War".
In 2007, Jim was named Director of Veterans Initiatives at American Airlines and also flies as a Captain on the McDonald Douglas MD-80 Aircraft. Jim and his wife, Patricia, reside in Grapevine, Texas with their daughter Lauren. Their son, Josh, also an Army aviator, is a lieutenant in the Army, currently stationed at the JRB, Ft. Worth.