Paluski is a member of Rhino 2-1, a squad sent to the USS Sulaco to support Rhino 2-3, a squad who went in first in search of Ellen Ripley, Corporal Dwayne Hicks, and the rest of the missing marines who were dispatched to LV-426 19 weeks earlier. After the big explode he tried to revive Tanaka but he died. After Winter saved Keyes they regrouping with O'Neal and Paluski and the rest of the marines, the aliens began swarming the survivors just when Keyes opens the airlock door and everybody starts running toward the umbilical. Suddenly, Keyes holds his chest in pain and then a chestbuster breaks through his armor. In an act of desperation, Keyes pulls out a grenade and blows up the umbilical killing Paluski sucked out to the space.