MEYER, LEWIS E.
Name: Lewis E. Meyer Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: Date of Birth: 3 August 1933 ( San Diego, CA) Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 01 February 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162730N 1073600E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident: Gostas, Theodore USA (released); Henderson, Alexander CIV (released); Daves, Gary CIV (released); Olsen, Robert CIV (Released); Page, Russell CIV (Released); Rander, Donald USA (Released); Rushton, Thomas CIV (Released); Spalding, Richard CIV (Released); Stark, Lawrence CIV attached to USN (Released); Willis, Charles CIV (Released).
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 14 February 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources and information provided by Ret. Major Gostas and Lawrence Stark.
REMARKS: 730327 Released by PRG
Meyer was working in the northern part of South Vietnam during TET '68 when Hue came under seige. Ret. Major Ted Gostas (135th MIBN PROV) recalls being trapped without his radio in the city, and being unable to warn hundreds of 5th Marines as they walked into an ambush and their death. Government records indicate Meyer and 11 others were captured soon afterward. Ten of those were civilians working with the Vietnamese.
Lewis Meyer was held captive for 4 1/2 years prior to his release on March 27, 1973.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
LEWIS E. MEYER Civilian Captured: February 1, 1968 Released: March 27, 1973
I was born in San Diego, California on 3 August 1933. I served in Korea while with the US Army from 8 May 1951 to 7 May 1954. After my discharge from the Army I joined the Federal Fire Department where I served as crash fire supervisor at NAS North Island, Miramar and at Cubi Point in the Philippine Islands. In October of 1967, I was assigned to the NAS Da Nang as Assistant Fire Chief in charge of co-ordinating and standardizing fire departments in I Corp. While on an inspection trip in the northern part of I Corp I was captured with ground forces in Hue during the 1968 Tet offensive. I was held by the North Vietnamese Army for 62 months and was released in Hanoi on March 27, 1973.
My wife's name is Gail and we have two sons, Bill, age 20, a student at the University of California at San Diego, and Jeff, age 17, a senior at Kearney High School.
Lewis Meyer resided in the Aleutian Islands until his return to California.
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Originally published January 8, 2010 at 4:04 p.m., updated January 9, 2010 at 12:46 a.m.
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