MOH Recipient Obituary

Reginald Myers, a U.S. Marine Corps colonel who was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Korean War for leading his vastly outnumbered force in an assault on a key position during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, died October 23, 2005 at a hospice in West Palm Beach after suffering a stroke. He was 85. Myers had lived in Jupiter, Florida since moving there from Annandale, Virginia, in 1993. He was also a veteran of some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific during World War II. As a young U.S. Marine officer who rose through the ranks from second lieutenant to major in less than four years, he fought at Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and in the Battle of Okinawa. He went to Korea in July, 1950 as a battalion executive officer in the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded two Bronze Stars four days apart in September, first as part of the U.S. invasion at Inchon and later for rescuing two wounded U.S. Marines.

Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced)

Place and Date: Near Hagaru-ri, Korea, 29 November 1950

Entered service at: Boise, Idaho

Born: 26 November 1919, Boise, Idaho

CITATION: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of the 3rd Battalion, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Assuming command of a composite unit of Army and Marine service and headquarters elements totaling approximately two-hundred and fifty men, during a critical stage in the vital defense of the strategically important military base at Hagaru-ri, Major Myers immediately initiated a determined and aggresive counter-attack against a well-entrenched and cleverly concealed enemy force numbering an estimated 4,000. Severely handicapped by a lack of trained personnel and experienced leaders in his valiant efforts to regain maximum ground prior to daylight, he persisted in constantly exposing himself to intense, accurate, and sustained hostile fire in order to direct and supervise the employment of his men and to encourage and spur them on in pressing the attack. Inexorably moving forward up the steep,snow-covered slope with his depleted group in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, he concurrently directed artillery and mortar fire with superb skill and although losing one-hundred and seventy of his men during fourteen hours of raging combat in subzero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in six hundred enemy killed and five hundred wounded. By his exceptional and valorous leadership throughtout, Major Myers contributed directly to the success of his unit in restoring the perimeter. His resolute spirit of self-sacrifice and unfaltering devotion to duty enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


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