With 53 military awards, Don Myers is considered Indiana’s Most Decorated Marine, and he will be the speaker for Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren’s free dinner for military families, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.
Myers enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in February 1952 at age 17. After Parris Island Boot Camp, he served at Marine Barracks, Yorktown, Va., until reaching age 18, which allowed the Corps to send him to a war zone. Other duties during his first enlistment included the 1st Marine Division, Korea; 3rd Marine Division Japan, Indo-China and Okinawa. His career in the Corps also took him to Camp Lejeune, Norfolk, Virginia, Camp Pendleton, Vietnam and Indianapolis, where he served on the Inspector-Instructor Staff and was also the Marine Liaison NCO at Fort Harrison.
Myers is considered Indiana’s Most Decorated Marine. Among his 53 military awards are two Silver Star Medals for Gallantry In Action, two Bronze Star Medals with Combat V for Heroic Achievement, a Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V for Heroic Achievement and the Purple Heart Medal with Four Gold Stars for having been wounded five times in combat. In addition he also holds the Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal, Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Military Merit Medal, which is similar in precedence as the American Navy Cross Medal. He has numerous service awards and unit citations, including four Presidential Unit Citations and the Combat Action Ribbon with Two Gold Stars for Korea, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic with the Second Marine Division. He is the author of six books, and his Vietnam War book earned him the prestigious DeAngelis Award for writing excellence.
After his forced retirement from the Marine Corps, Don was employed with the Veterans Administration where he retired as a Senior Counselor in 1990. Myers served his State for 20-years in the Indiana Guard Reserve as a volunteer without pay. He retired from that military organization in 1996 as a full Colonel.
The meal is free. Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren is located at 857 N. St. Rd. 135 in Greenwood. All active duty military, veterans, widows, widowers and family members are welcome. For more information about the Veterans Welcome Home Project call 882-0902.
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