The Hampton Union & Rockingham County Gazette
Thursday, March 3, 1945
Hampton is getting ready to welcome its favorite daughter, Lt. Rita G. Palmer, ANC, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Palmer of Winnacunnet Road, tonight. Lieutenant Palmer is due to arrive in Boston at 5:18 pm today and will be met there by her parents who will return to Hampton with her.
[Photo left: LT. RITA G. PALMER, ANC., of Hampton N. H. (right) and Lt. Rosemary Hogan, ANC, (left) of Chattanooga, Okla., wear purple heart medals awarded them at ceremonies in San Francisco, Calif. Both of them were prisoners of the Japanese after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. Lt. Palmer is expected to arrive home tonight.]
The Palmer car will be met at Toppan's Corner by townspeople, boy and girl scouts and cub scouts and the Hampton Academy and High School band. The procession will then march to Hampton square where the Rev. Floyd G. Kinsley, pastor of the Hampton Congregational church, will make an address of welcome and Lieutenant Palmer will be presented with a bouquet of flowers from the community.
Alton P. Tobey, Hampton druggist, announced this morning that in case the rain continues the ceremony probably will be held in the high school auditorium although definite arrangements have not been completed.
Lieutenant Palmer is returning home for the first time in more than three years. She was among a group of 68 American nurses liberated when Americans released internees from Santo Tomas, a Japanese prison camp in Manila.