Lowell  W.  Meyer  
  Rank, Service
Petty Officer Second Class E-5,  U.S. Navy
  Veteran of:
U.S. Navy 1964-1969
Cold War 1964-1969
Vietnam War 1968-1969 (KIA)

Lowell Meyer was born on January 9, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 6, 1964, and completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in December 1964. Meyer next attended Machinist's Mate A School at NTC Great Lakes from December 1964 to April 1965, followed by service aboard the fleet oiler USS Chipola (AO-63) from June 1965 to June 1967. During this time he made several deployments to Vietnamese waters aboard the ship. Petty Officer Meyer attended Basic Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Accession training with Class 043 at NAB Coronado, California, from July 1967 to March 1968, and then served with SEAL Team ONE at NAB Coronado from March to November 1968. He deployed with his Team to Southeast Asia in November 1968, and was killed in action in South Vietnam on May 17, 1969. Lowell Meyer was buried at the Riverhead Cemetery in Riverhead, New York.

His Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For meritorious service from 25 November 1968 to 17 May 1969 in connection with operations against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During this period, Petty Officer Meyer participated in numerous combat patrols ranging from the mountains of Phu Quoc Island to the jungle and swamp lands of Nam Can to the forests of U Minh. On more than a dozen different occasions, he engaged the enemy in battle. On 13 March 1969, his squad was at the base of Sa Ke Mountain when five Viet Cong were detected approaching the squad's position. Petty Officer Meyer silently waited until the enemy was in range and then delivered a devastating barrage of automatic-weapons fire, immediately accounting for at least one enemy dead. Petty Officer Meyer and his squad continued their intense fire until the enemy was forced to retreat. Despite mortar fire from Da Dung Mountain, his squad then maneuvered to the enemy's original position and recovered the weapons from the fallen Viet Cong. Petty Officer Meyer's outstanding professionalism, courage under fire, and selfless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.




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