World War II paratrooper to get posthumous honor

Posted October 30, 2013

— A paratrooper who served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II will be posthumously recognized Friday for his valorous actions, officials said.

Pvt. Max Myers, who was killed on Oct. 7, 1944, in Holland, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Medical Badge in 1945. He now be awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in the face of enemy small-arms fire, officials said.

“Sixty-nine years ago, the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and other units of the 82nd Airborne Division were still engaged in Operation Market Garden. Given the complexity and hazards of the airborne operation and follow-on offensive and defensive actions, many acts of heroism went unrecorded,” Col. Tim Watson, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, which traces its lineage to the 508th regiment, said in a statement.

"We are honored to welcome the family of Pvt. Myers to recognize his actions that represent the courage and audacity of his fellow paratroopers,” Watson said.

The award ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday at the 82nd Airborne Division Museum.


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