Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Major General Gilbert L. Meyers
During the early part of World War II he accepted the ﬁrst P-47 Thunderbolt ﬁghter for use by the Army Air Corps. Serving with the 386th Fighter Group in England, his was the ﬁrst Air Corps unit to land in France after Normandy. After the German surrender, General Meyers served with the Fifth Air Force in the Far East and landed at Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, only days after the unofﬁcial Japanese surrender. In 1946, he assumed command of the First Fighter Group when it was the ﬁrst jet ﬁghter unit in the Air Corps.
In 1950, General Meyers went to Korea for two years as Fifth Air Force director of operations during the Korean conﬂict. His other post-war assignments included acting as deputy chief of staff operations, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command; vice commander of the Ninth Air Force; deputy director for requirements, Headquarters, United States
Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven Oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Cold • War, Korean • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Valor in Aerial Operations series list.
Location. 33° 40.809′ N, 78° 54.609′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Harrelson Boulevard and Jetport Road, on the right when traveling north. Located on the 3rd hole of the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Harrelson Blvd, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Robert Lindsay Petit (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Francis S. Gabreski (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General Joseph J. Kruzel (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel William Isaiah Williams (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Albert R. Neville (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Edwin A. SchneiderColonel Herbert E. Ross (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.