Hitler in the Crosshairs & Teen Palm in Mount Vernon NY


Mount Vernon native snared Hitler’s pistol in raid

By Ned P. Rauch

MOUNT VERNON — It was the spring of 1945 and Lt. Ira “Teen” Palm, Mount Vernon High School class of ’32, was standing in Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment.

Palm and his raiding party had just kicked in the apartment’s front door, hoping to find Hitler and hasten the war’s end.

Instead they found the place deserted, forcing Palm to lead a mad dash through the city, back to the safety of the American lines.

But Palm would not make that run empty-handed. Opening the drawers of the desk in front of him, he grabbed some stationery and an ivory-handled, gold-plated pistol bearing a set of infamous initials: AH.

Palm’s story — previously unknown even to family — is told in “Hitler in the Crosshairs,” a new book by John Woodbridge and Maurice Possley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.



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