35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  CPL William Arden Meyers    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

HHC Company
35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, CPL William Arden Meyers, US55061822, who died in the service of his country on September 9th, 1951 in Hills 717-682, North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death William was 22 years of age. He was from Oblong, Illinois. William's Military Occupation Specialty was 4812-Heavy Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by CPL William Arden Meyers include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Corporal Meyers was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on September 9, 1951. Corporal Meyers was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

"Bill" was my best friend all during our school years. He wanted to enlist in the Navy with me in 1946, but his parents would not sign for him. They are gone now, too, but they told me that they had always regretted not letting him join the Navy. There were conflicting stories about how Bill was killed. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him, especially if they could shed any light on his death. Bill was one of the nicest guys youd ever want to know. I miss him still. (Chuck Smith)

Bill in all probability was involved in the battle of outpost 717-682 which occured September 6-9th 1951 in an area designated the Iron Triangle. Companies I,L and M were manning these outposts when an estimated Chinese force of three regiments attacked and surrounded the defenders. Many of the Americans lost their lives in attempting to regain their own lines.