Surviving the war was one thing, adjusting to civilian life after was another. Palumbo went on to own the Joyland ice rink on Plum Island, where he settled and raised a family. The author’s two sons, Doug and Thomas, who died in 2011, assisted their father with corralling his stories for “Load Kick Fire,” which is available online.
“I just decided that I wanted to get my story out to the public, and that’s it,” Palumbo said. “I hope they read it.”