Daniel served as a - Spec 4 - Grade E4 - Army - Drafted Selective Service
He was 20 years old at the time of his death
Danny was born on December 17, 1946 in Phillipsburg, N.J.
His tour of duty began in Vietnam on July 27, 1966
Danny served with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry,
1st Infantry Divison
Danny died on January 30, 1967 in the area of Di An, South Vietnam, the 1st Infantry Division's Basecamp.
His death was a result of a Non Hostile Vehicle Accident. Danny died when lumber fell from an oncoming Vietnamese vehical fatally striking him. He was riding in a 3/4 ton truck on Highway # 25. His actions that day, pushing his comrades clear of the falling lumber, earned him, " The Soldier's Medal" postumously, an award for heroism that involves the voluntry risk of life under conditions other than those of conflict with an armed enemy.
His body was recovered
Danny's religion was Presbyterian. He was married
Danny is interred in The Stewartsville Presbyterian Cemetry in Stewartsville, N.J. not far from another Warren County Vietnam Hero, Peter De Haas.
Danny was a 1965 graduate of Phillipsburg High School
Danny's name is listed on Panel 14E --- Line 98
of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
"Rest In Peace Danny You Are Missed By All Who Knew You"
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Daniel John Myers was a drafted married Soldier with a child. Danny didn't die as so many others did during the Vietnam War, fighting for his life in combat with enemy soldiers. Danny died, when lumber fell from an oncoming vehical. None the less, Danny died a victim of the Vietnam War. In the end Danny exhibiting the person he was, died a True American Hero. Danny's general orders read, "His act of selfless courage, led to the Saving of his comrades from injury at the cost of his own life."
Daniel John Myers's awards for his service in Vietnam include:
The Soldiers Medal for actions of Heroism on 1/30/67
Purple Heart for wounds received in combat on 11/6/66
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge
Armed Forces Honor Medal, Second Class, (an award directly from the Vietnamese Goverment)
The Republic of Vietnam,Military Merit Medal
The Republic of Vietnam, Gallantry Cross with Palm
Danny Myers....Graduation photo, basic training, Fort Dix, N.J. 1966
Danny Myers....Basic Training, Fort Dix, N.J. 1966
Danny on the left and his Uncle, Charles Slack,.... Fort Dix, N.J. March 1966
Danny Myers upper right....recuperating in Hawaii from wounds received 11/6/66 on the Cambodian border as an RTO with his Infantry Unit. As reported that day, Danny was Medevaced from that area by Gen. William Westmoreland and his helicopter. The General and his helicopter was pressed into action to help remove the wounded that day. Gen Westmoreland, at that time, was the commander of all forces in Vietnam. Danny had two weeks to live.
Danny.... on patrol somewhere in Vietnam 1966
Danny, his Dad Archie Jr. and his Sister Nattie Kathy....