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Atlanta, Georgia
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Written by Meeting Chairman   

American Legion Post 134 meets for lunch the second Thursday of every month at the Petite Auberge Restaurant in the Toco Hills Shopping Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Next Post Meeting
Date/Time: July 9th  - 6:30 PM (Non-standard time)
Location: Petite Auberge Restaurant
Program: Marvin Meyers

Marvin spent much of his early life on a cattle and wheat ranch in Kansas He later attended the University of Illinois and upon graduation was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He attended the basic officer’s course, Ranger School and Airborne school at Fort Benning and later Flight School in Texas and Alabama..

 

After earning his wings as a rotary wing aviator Marvin joined the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. There he flew H-34s and H-13s. helicopters.   Returning from Germany he commanded an Infantry Company in the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One). Later he deployed to Vietnam, serving in the 197Th Armed Helicopter Company as an Armed Helicopter Platoon Commander. The 197th was the first Armed Helicopter in the Army. It had a high casualty rate and most of the missions involved engaging the enemy with a slow aircraft flying at tree top level. They were often out gunned by the Viet Cong.

 

Advanced Infantry School at Benning followed his tour in Vietnam.  After Advanced Infantry School he taught    tactics as a platform instructor at the Infantry School. Then it was back to Vietnam with the Army Security Agency in the summer of 1967. He spent hundreds of flight hours flying in the central highlands and in Cambodia. Later he became the operations officer of the 4th Aviation Battalion in the Central Highlands for all of 1968. He was           responsible for several hundred aircraft on a daily basis in support of the 4th Infantry division.. After another tour at Fort Benning, Marvin resigned his commission as a major to pursue business interests in Columbus, GA.

 

The next 30 years slipped by as he headed up several businesses including Ford and Massey Ferguson tractor Dealerships, a farm in Alabama, a small manufacturing company and a Christian Bookstore. After moving to   Atlanta he formed the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance (GVVA) in Atlanta which he still serves as President. GVVA exists to serve and assist Veterans from all wars and their families. It started out as an organization to provide fellowship to Vietnam Veterans. GVVA provides counseling, helps find jobs, provides rental help, food and utilities help and scholarships to Veterans, children of vets and spouses of veterans.  For 15 years Marvin has also served as president of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association. He is one of the authors of a non-fiction book titled, Returning Fire about his first tour in Vietnam.

 

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings, Aviator Wings, Silver Star, Bronze Star with cluster, 26 awards of the Air Medal, 2 with V (valor) device, ARCOM, with cluster and V device and Vietnam Service Medal.  He has approximately 950 hours of combat flying time. He is a member of the American Legion, A Life member of the VFW, a Life Member of the Vietnam Helicopter Association, a member of the Army Aviation Heritage Assn and a member of the Duluth First United Methodist Church.

 

 

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