Leo J. Meyer
Colonel, United States Army
of the Meyer Family March 2008 & May 2009
In October 1937 Leo Meyer enlisted into Company
‘B’, 102nd Engineer Regiment, New York National Guard.
Five weeks after his 24th birthday, in November 1941 Meyer reenlisted as a Regular Army Master Sergeant; two days after becoming the Regiment’s Sergeant Major. Twenty-four days later the United States entered into the Second World War. On 14 December 1941 the 27th Division was deployed to California and by early March to the Territory of Hawaii in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
From November 1941 to November 1942 Meyer served as 102nd Engineer Regimental Sergeant Major in Alabama and the re-designated 102nd Engineer (Combat) Battalion Sergeant Major in the Pacific Theater of Operations. In March 1943 he graduated from the U.S. Army Air Forces Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach, Florida. After commissioning, Lieutenant Meyer was assigned to the 26th College Training Detachment, Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He returned to New York City on a three day pass and married Veronica P. Lynch of Rego Park, New York, on May 9th, 1943. In May 1944 Meyer transferred to Childress Army Air Field, Texas. After several months involved with preparing air crewman to fight in the war, Meyer volunteered for the Infantry and was sent to Fort Benning for training. Later, during a cadre assignment at the Infantry Replacement Training Center, Camp Blanding, Florida, he volunteered for another combat zone tour. In June 1945 he was serving in Company ‘A’, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division in the Philippines. During Operation Victor V on Mindanao, Meyer earned his first Combat Infantryman Badge, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
In 1946 after serving in occupied Japan, Captain
Meyer returned to civilian life. He reenlisted in the Organized Reserve
Corps and by June 1947 he was back on active duty as a Regular Army Master
Sergeant. While working as an instructor to the Organized Reserve Corps
he received his high school GED and applied for the Regular Army Warrant
Officer Program and simultaneously, reinstatement of his Army of the United
States officer's commission. He received both and put the warrant acceptance
in his hip pocket.
Post Korea assignments were as an advisor to the Massachusetts National Guard in Quincy, Massachusetts; Sub-area Staff Officer, Western Region, USAREUR in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Operations Officer at the Army Disciplinary Barracks in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; and Post Operations Staff Officer, Fort Dix, New Jersey.
In 1961 Major Meyer reached 20 years active federal service and mandatory retirement for reserve officers on the active duty list. He was not ready to hang up the uniform and pulled his Regular Army Warrant Officer acceptance letter from his hip pocket and reverted to Warrant Officer.
As a Warrant Officer he was assigned as an
Intelligence Technician in Military Intelligence, Counter Intelligence
Corps. From 1961 to 1968 Meyer served in the 1st US Army Support Group
New York City, New York; 108th Intelligence Corps Group Camden, New Jersey;
401st Intelligence Corps Detachment Honolulu, Hawaii; and the 116th Military
Intelligence Group Washington, D. C. In 1967 he received his Bachelor of
Science Degree in Military Science from the University of Maryland. In
1968 he volunteered again for service in a combat zone.
From 1969 to 1971 CWO4 Meyer was assigned in Washington, D.C. with the 116th Military Intelligence Group. In 1971, at the end of more than 33 years in an Army uniform, he retired as a Colonel.
In 1984 Leo Meyer was one of two hundred and thirty men awarded three Combat Infantryman Badges (CIB), honored by the US Army National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. A monument at the museum is dedicated to all the men who are recipients of three Combat Infantryman Badges.
Colonel Meyer was inurned at Arlington National Cemetery in May 2006. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife of more than 62 years, two children and two grandchildren.
Colonel Meyer was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame on March 27, 2009.
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Posted: 12 March 2008 Updated 15 May 2009