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Joseph F. Myers
Nickname Junie
Born (1919-06-19)June 19, 1919
Died September 30, 1944(1944-09-30) (aged 25)
Place of birth New York
Place of death Groesbeek, The Netherlands
Buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden, Delaware
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service -1944
Rank First Lieutenant
Service number O1301865
Unit Company G, 3rd Battalion, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal

Joseph Foss "Junie" Myers (19 June 1919 – 30 September 1944) was an American First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during World War II.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Joseph Myers was born 19 June 1919 in West Virginia as the fourth of twelve children to Daniel Foss Myers (1892 - 1942)[1] and Lucille H. Griffith Myers (1893 - 1982).[2]

He was Killed in action 30 September 1944 in Groesbeek, The Netherlands. Myers currently has two separate gravesites, one in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden, Delaware[3] and his name is listed on the tablets of the missing in Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.[4]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Distingushed service cross citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Joseph F. Myers (ASN: 0-1301865), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, (attached to Company L, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment), 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 September 1944, in the vicinity of Groesbeek, Holland. While his company was attacking through the Kiekberg Woods about two and one half miles south of Groesbeek, Holland, Lieutenant Myers personally led his machine gun section which had the assignment of giving supporting fire to the advance of the 1st and 2d rifle platoons. An enemy pocket of resistance consisting of five men armed with a machine gun, machine pistols, and grenades surprised Lieutenant Myers and five men near him by tossing a grenade at the group. The first grenade missed, a second one was tossed and landed in the midst of Lieutenant Myers' group. Upon seeing the grenade Lieutenant Myers yelled, "Grenade, duck!" Realizing that the entire group might be killed or wounded, he without hesitancy threw himself upon the grenade in an attempt to protect his men. The exploding grenade mortally wounded Lieutenant Myers, but his men escaped injury. This demonstration of willingness to make the supreme sacrifice that others might live to fight for a just cause exemplifies the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflects great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Joseph F. Myers". Daniel Foss Myers (father). Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/111024168. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  2. "Joseph F. Myers". Lucille H. Griffin Myers (mother). Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56302169. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  3. "Joseph F. Myers". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/130451056. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  4. "Joseph F. Myers". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56302169. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Honor States
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Joseph F. Myers". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=22486. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  7. Airborne website
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