Bio of Marvin Myers

Marvin 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 prior to attending Flight School. Marvin was the honor graduate in his Airborne Class.

After earning his wings as a rotary wing aviator with the highest flying grades in the class, Marvin joined the 3rd Armored Division in Germany; he served as a Transport Platoon Commander flying H-34s. Returning from Germany he commanded an Infantry Company in the 1St Infantry Division (Big Red One). When his ground duty tour was over he deployed to Vietnam, serving in the 197Th Armed Helicopter Company as an Armed Helicopter Platoon Commander flying UH-1B gunships. Advanced Infantry School at Benning followed his tour in Vietnam. He was selected to teach Infantry Officers in tactics during a year as a platform instructor at the Infantry School. Then it was back to Vietnam as a team leader with the Army Security Agency. 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. Marvin credits his survival in Vietnam to his training in Army schools and intensive training in Army units in peacetime. After another tour at Fort Benning, Marvin resigned his commission as a major to pursue business interests in Columbus, GA.

The next 20 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 serves as President. GVVA exists to serve Veterans from all wars and their families. GVVA provides counseling, helps find jobs, provides rental, food and utility help and scholarships to Veterans, children of vets and spouses of veterans. For the past 15 years Marvin has also served as president of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association. He also served as Chairman of the Veterans Service Organizations in Georgia, which is made up of the Commanders of the Veterans Service Organizations. The major accomplishment during that time was to get the appropriations for the Veterans Cemetery in Milledgeville. He recently received the Award for Patriotism from the National Museum of Patriotism.

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.

Marvin has 4 children and 8 grandchildren and lives in Duluth, GA

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