Meyer, Leo John, COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Military Intelligence
Last Primary MOS
9666-Counterintelligence Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 116th Military Intelligence Group
Service Years
1937 - 1971
Foreign Language(s)
German
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Military Intelligence

Colonel


Two Service Stripes



Eight Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Forest Hills, NY
Last Address
Delray Beach, FL


Date of Passing
Jan 12, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Columbarium Court: 8 Section: J Column: 9 Niche: 2

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Badge

3rd Infantry Division 24th Infantry Division 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Special Forces Group




 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)24th Infantry Division AssociationMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)Special Forces Association
7th Infantry Regiment Association
  1943, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1948, 24th Infantry Division Association [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  1971, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1986, Special Forces Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1987, 7th Infantry Regiment Association [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


PRELUDE

Leo and I were good friends at the 116th MI Group before he went to Vietnam. We generally told him he was a damn fool to go since he certainly didn't have to. Further, he wanted a combat billet so he was going to volunteer for Airborne and Special Forces. We chided him that he simply wanted a third CIB and that he would probably come home with his toes pointed up.


I left active duty in July 1968 and went to work for Department of the Army more or less "down the hall" from the 116th. One day there was a hubub in the hall and I heard someone calling my name. Leo burst into my office in his Class-A uniform, boots, and, of course, his green beret, with his ribbons running from his right pocket up to his lapel. He said, "See, I'm back and both my feet are flat on the floor." We went over to the Fort McNair Officers Club and had "a few."

He was quite a soldier. 

 MI Berger, Mike, COL USA(Ret) 
Dec 06, 2009
 

After 33 years in uniform, Leo Meyer enjoyed retirement.  He and his wife Vera traveled, purchased their first house and traveled some more, sold a house and became "Snow Birds"; buying two more homes. In support of his art work as a Scrimshander, he set out to go whaling with the whalers of the Azores; onto the ice flows of the Bering Strait with the Yupik walrus hunters of Savoonga, St Lawrence Island, Alaska; and  safari in Kenya eastern Africa - always only with a camera.

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.

Officer Candidate School SSIColonel Meyer was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, Ft Benning, GA. on March 27, 2009.

 

But before all that...
 

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In 1935 Leo Meyer joined the New York National Guard Cadet Corps and began attending drill as a drummer in the Regimental Field Music (Band), with the 102nd Engineers in Manhattan and as a mounted trooper with Squadron 'C', 101st Cavalry in Brooklyn. In October 1937 he enlisted into Company "B", 102nd Engineer Regiment, but maintained his status in the NYNG Cadet Corps to continue with the cavalry.  By May 1940 he was a corporal with the 102nd Engineers and when called to active duty with the 102nd, he ended his NYNGCC association.

102nd Engineer Battalion

In October 1940 the 102nd Engineer Regiment, 27th Division, New York National Guard, was called to active federal service by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The division moved from New York to Fort McClellan, Alabama for training. Specificly, the 102d Engineer Regiment marched to the train, seven blocks down 34th Street to Pennsylvania Station while the band played Al Jolson hits like Toot Toot Tootsie Good Bye and Alabamy Bound. During the next fourteen months the division participated in maneuver exercises in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama. Meyer was assigned duties as 'B' Company Clerk (Cpl) and Company Supply Sergeant (Sgt), 1st Battalion and Regimental Message Center Chief (S/Sgt), and Regimental Sergeant Major (M/Sgt).
 

In November 1941, five weeks after his 24th birthday and two days after becoming the Regiment's Sergeant Major, Meyer reenlisted as a Regular Army Master Sergeant. Twenty-five days later after the 7 December attack on Pearl Harbor the United States declared war on Japan on 8 December 1941. On 9 December Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.  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.  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 basic infantry officer training. Later, during a cadre assignment at the 60th Infantry Replacement Training Center (IRTC), Camp Blanding, Florida, he volunteered for another combat zone tour.
 

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Historians have paid little attention to combat near the end of WWII after Leyte, Mindoro, and Luzon.  The battle for the island of Mindanao during Operation VICTOR V in the Southern Philippines Campaign was some of the most horrific combat under the most insufferable weather and terrain conditions of the War in the Pacific. In June 1945 1stLt Leo Meyer was serving in Company "A", 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division on Mindanao. Meyer earned his first Combat Infantryman Badge, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. 
 

In 1946 after serving in occupied Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan, Captain Meyer 'mustered out' of the Army and returned to civilian life. He enlisted 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 with 1242nd ASU, HQ New York District, 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 and reinstated as a First Lieutenant.
 

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He was assigned to the HQ 7th U.S. Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He served in the 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry in Korea earning his second Combat Infantryman Badge and Purple Heart with Task Force Dog which releaved 1st Battalion 1st Marines to join the fight supporting the retreating 1st Marine Division;s movement back to the beach during the final days of the battle of the Chosin Reservoir.
 

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 Chief Warrant Officer 4.
 

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 Counter 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. 
   

5th Special Forces Group (Vietnam)

In 1968 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Meyer was assigned to Headquarters, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, in Nha Trang, Vietnam. In his 27th year in the active Army and at age 51, Meyer graduated from the RVN Special Forces parachute school, earning his jump wings and Green Beret. He earned his 3rd Combat Infantryman Badge for action during Operation AAR Roster II, seek and destroy mission in the Rung Sat Special Zone with the 5th Mobile Strike Force B55. In March 1969, while in Vietnam, he was promoted to Colonel in the Army Reserve.

And then... 

From 1969 to 1971 CWO4 Meyer was assigned to 109th Military Intelligence Group at Ft Mead, Md and 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.
 


INDIVIDUAL AWARDS AND BADGES

Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) 3rd award 
Soldiers Medal 
Bronze Star Medal 3rd award 
Purple Heart 2nd award 
Meritorious Service Medal 
Air Medal 
Joint Services Commendation Medal 
Army Commendation Medal 3rd award 
Navy Commendation Medal w/combat V 
Good Conduct Medal 
American Defense Service Medal 
American Campaign Medal 
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3Battle Stars 
WWII Victory Medal 
Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) 
National Defense Service Medal 2nd award 
Korean Service Medal w/4 Battle Stars 
Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Battle Stars 
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/Gold Hour Glass (3d award) 
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal w/Bronze Star 
Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/Bronze Service Star 
United Nations Service Medal 
Vietnam Campaign Medal 
Republic of Korea War Service Medal 
U.S. Parachutist Badge 
Vietnamese Special Forces Parachutist Badge.

 

UNIT AWARDS

Distinguished Unit Citation (Presidential Unit Citation) for the battle of SEGOK  (3Bn/7IN/3rdID - Hill 717, Korea 1951)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (5th SFG(A) Vietnam 1968-69)
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (1BN/34IN/24thID WWII 1945)
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (3BN/7IN/3dID Korea 1950-52)
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm (5th SFG(A) Vietnam 68-69)
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal 1st Class (5th SFG(A)Vietnam 1968-69)
Vietnam Cross of Gallentry w/Palm (5th SFG(A) Vietnam 1968-69)

 


Meyer, Leo J 
Colonel US Army 
Date of Birth: 10/06/1917 
Date of Death: 01/12/2006 
Buried at: Section 8-J Row 9 Site 2 
Arlington National Cemetery
 

 

   
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 Tributes from Members  
PROFILE OF THE DAY......... posted by IN Wetzel, Tom (20 ALPHA), SGT 3
Good friend posted by AR Meyer, Jeffrey (COBRA 6), MAJ 8
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 
 National Guard Awards


 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1937, Basic Training Waived (ARNG Pre WWII), A
  1943, USAAF Officer Candidate School (Miami Beach, FL), D2
  1944, Basic Infantry Officer Course (Fort Benning, GA)
 Unit Assignments
27th Infantry Division102nd Engineer Combat Battalion26th College Training Detachment, Mt. Union College, Alliance, OHUS Army Air Force (USAAF)
Infantry Mortar Platoon Course (IMPOC), Fort Benning, GACompany D, 60th Infantry Replacement Training Center (IRTC) Camp Blanding, Fl1st Battalion, 34th Infantry24th Infantry Division
First Army (1st Army)Infantry Officer Advanced Course3rd Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry
First Army (1st Army)US Military Community Activity Bad KreuznachUS Army Europe (USAREUR)New Cumberland Army Depot
HQ, US Army Training Center (Infantry) Fort Dix, NJ(35F)  Intelligence Analyst Course108th Counter Intelligence CorpsUS Army Pacific (USARPAC)/US Army Hawaii
116th Military Intelligence GroupDepartment of Defense (DOD)Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)/Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)5th Special Forces Group (A)
109th Military Intelligence Group116th Military Intelligence Group
  1937-1940, HHC, 102nd Engineer Regiment
  1940-1941, HHC, 102nd Engineer Regiment
  1940-1941, HHC, 102nd Engineer Regiment
  1941-1941, HHC, 1st Battalion, 102nd Engineer Regiment
  1941-1942, HHC, 102nd Engineer Regiment
  1942-1943, HHC, 102nd Engineer Combat Battalion
  1943-1943, 2162, 26th College Training Detachment, Mt. Union College, Alliance, OH
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 2121, HQ, 2512th AAF Base Unit, Childress Army Air Field, TX
  1944-1944, Infantry Mortar Platoon Course (IMPOC), Fort Benning, GA
  1944-1945, 1542, Company D, 60th Infantry Replacement Training Center (IRTC) Camp Blanding, Fl
  1945-1945, 1542, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry/A Company
  1945-1946, 1542, 24th Infantry Division
  1946-1948, First Army (1st Army)
  1948-1948, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1948-1949, 1542, 3rd Infantry Division
  1948-1952, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry
  1952-1955, 2510, First Army (1st Army)
  1955-1956, 2180, US Military Community Activity Bad Kreuznach
  1956-1958, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1958-1959, 2162, New Cumberland Army Depot
  1959-1961, 11A, ACoS G-3, HQ Army Training Center (Infantry) Fort Dix, NJ
  1961-1961, (35F) Intelligence Analyst Course
  1961-1963, 108th Counter Intelligence Corps
  1961-1969, 9307, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1963-1966, 971A, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)/US Army Hawaii
  1966-1968, 971A, 116th Military Intelligence Group
  1968-1968, Department of Defense (DOD)
  1968-1969, Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)/Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)
  1968-1969, 917A, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1969-1970, 971A, 109th Military Intelligence Group
  1969-1971, 9666, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1970-1971, 116th Military Intelligence Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1942-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)/Battle of Mindanao
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Evacuation of Hungnam
  1950-1952 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Reflections on Service
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What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
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Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
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