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Stephen Joseph Meyers

July 25, 1939 ~ July 24, 2018 (age 78)

Stephen J. Meyers of Vista, California passed away peacefully in his home on July 24,
2018 at the age of 78 years. Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Anna M. Meyers
(Squashic). Predeceased by his parents Steven and Anna Meyers of Bad Axe, Michigan.


Stephen was born in Bad Axe, Michigan, on July 25, 1939. After graduating
from Elkton High School, Elkton, Michigan, in 1958, Stephen joined the U.S. Marine
Corps in October, 1958 and attended basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San
Diego, California. Following recruit training he was assigned for training to the Infantry
Training Regiment, Camp San Onofre, Camp Pendleton, California.


Stephen's duty assignments included tours with the 1st Anti-Tank Battalion, 1st
Marine Division, as a motor transport driver. In June, 1959, Stephen was assigned to
guard duty with the Marine Barracks, Guam, Marianas Islands. In April, 1960, Stephen
was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, as a Fire Team Leader and Squad
Leader. After attending Marine Security Guard School in January 1961, Stephen was
assigned to the American Embassy, San Salvador, El Salvador, as a Marine Security
Guard. In October 1964, upon returning to the United States, he was assigned to
Infantry Training Regiment, Camp San Onofre, Camp Pendleton, California, as a
Troop Leader and Instructor. From May 1965 until June 1966 Stephen was assigned to
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, in the Republic of Vietnam where he served as a Platoon
Sergeant. Upon returning to the United States, he was assigned to "F" Company, 2nd
Battalion, 27th Marines as a Platoon Sergeant. In June, 1967, he attended Marine
Security Guard School and was chosen as a Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the
Special Security Detail (Special Agent) at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the
protection of Chiefs of State and Heads of Foreign Governments visiting the United
States. In January, 1969, Stephen was assigned to the American Embassy in
Stockholm, Sweden, as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge. In March, 1970, he
was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, and 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines as a Platoon
Sergeant and Company Gunnery Sergeant. In May, 1971, Stephen was again assigned
to Infantry Training Regiment as an instructor until January, 1972, when he was
assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego (Golf Company) as a Chief Drill
Instructor. In January 1975 Stephen was again assigned to Marine Security Guard
School at Washington, D.C., as an instructor where he was selected for the rank of 1st
Sergeant and was assigned to Headquarters Company, 9th Marines in Okinawa. In May,
1978, Stephen was assigned as 1st Sergeant at Headquarters Company and Range
Company, Weapons Training Battalion, Camp Pendleton. In May 1980, Stephen was
assigned to Inspector-Instructor Staff, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, San Bernardino,
California, as the 1st Sergeant until he was selected as Sergeant Major (E9) in October,
1981. He was then assigned to Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 13 and Marine
Wing Communications Squadron 38 at 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, El Toro, CA, until
March, 1986, when he was assigned to Marine Headquarters Squadron, 1st Marine
Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, until 10 March 1987, at which time he reported to Landing
force Training Command, Pacific, to assume the duties as Sergeant Major (E9).
Between his many assignments, Stephen continued his education and received a
Certificate of Criminal Justice from Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo,
California. Stephen retired from the USMC in November, 1988.


Sgt. Maj. Meyers' (Stephen) decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal,
Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Meritorious Unit
Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Vietnam Gallantry
Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam
Campaign Medal.


Upon retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Meyers was employed with
General Dynamics, Hughes Missile System Company, Raytheon Missile Systems
Company, and workedin the Security Department, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.


Stephen loved taking care of his home, working in the garden, feeding the
hummingbirds, traveling and being with his family. He especially loved spending time with his
grandchildren. Stephen is survived by his three sons, Daniel Meyers, David (Kristen)
Meyers, and Darin (Connie) Meyers and two grandchildren, Christopher Meyers and
Benjamin Meyers.

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