State College Family Places Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in Memory of Missing Marine

November 16, 2017
Press Release

Family of 1st Lt. David Gephart Myers lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns in memory of the State College Marine

Wreath was first presented during the Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Traveling Wall’s display in Centre County

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, the family of a State College Marine who is Missing in Action from the Vietnam War placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in his memory.

The family of 1st Lt. David Gephart Myers presented the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in his memory. The wreath was first displayed in Centre County during the Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall. The replica was on display October 5 through October 8 at University Park.  

1st Lt. Myers was a pilot with the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Marine Observation Squadron 3. On June 8, 1967, he was flying in a Bell Iroquois Utility Helicopter in South Vietnam when his aircraft was hit by small arms fire and crashed. His remains were not recovered.

The Tomb of the Unknowns, also called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. The white marble Tomb has these words inscribed on the back: “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson requested the public wreath laying at the Tomb for the Myers family.

“1st Lt. David Gephart Myers is an American hero,” Rep. Thompson said. “His loving family, especially his brother, Gary E. Myers, has honored him and continue to keep his memory alive. 1st Lt. Myers lives on in their hearts and in the heart of a grateful nation.”

Those who attended the public wreath laying today include:

Gary E. Myers, Lt. Myers’ brother, and Carol J. Myers, his sister-in-law. Their children, David M. Myers and Curtis A. Myers, and their grandchildren, Gracie Myers and Jessie Myers. Close friends Joseph Tischer and Christine Tischer also attended.