Celebrating the Life of Gerald Virgil Myersby Representative Dennis A. Ross
Posted on 2013-03-14
in the house of representatives
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mr. ROSS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a good friend and an
American hero, Gerald Virgil Myers.
Virgil passed away on Sunday, March 10, at 94 years old.
He served our country in the Army during WWII, having fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Three American G.I.s discovered the Buchenwald Concentration camp from entering the west gate; Virgil was one of them. At the time when he entered there were 26,000 inmates in the camp.
He earned many honors including the Silver Star medal, the Bronze Star medal with Valor, the Purple Heart medal, the Infantry Combat Badge medal, the Good Conduct medal, the Victory Medal WWII, received the Medal of Honor from Luxembourg Government, the Mairie Medal by French Government, was declared an Honorary Citizen of Luxembourg in 2004, and an Honorary Citizen of France in 2005.
When he returned home from the war in January 1946, he was discharged from the Army. He went back to work for Quaker Oats Co. in Kansas and attended night classes at Johnson Business College. Virgil and his wife, Emma ``Bobbie'' Tracy Myers, retired to Lakeland, Fla. Bobbie and Virgil had celebrated their 70th anniversary before Bobbie's passing.
He loved golfing and traveling and was very involved in the community, as a member of the Polk Co. Veterans Association and a President of Central Florida Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
We in central Florida and all across America owe a debt of gratitude to this great man and his service to our country and community.