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George Franklin Myrick

George Franklin Myrick

Male 1945 - 1968  (22 years)

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  • Name George Franklin Myrick 
    Born 19 Aug 1945  Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Mar 1968  South Viet Nam Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Forest Lawn Cemetery-Glendale, Glendale, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15836  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2011 

    Father Carl Clark Myrick,   b. 7 Jan 1913, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1978, San Bernardino, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Garnet Zernice Evelyn Gowman,   b. 19 Aug 1910, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1988, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F6156  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • California Birth Index, 1905-1995 Name: George Franklin Myrick Birth Date: 19 Aug 1945 Gender: Male Mother's Maiden Name: Gowman Birth County: Los Angeles

      Photo from Hospital Corpsman A School Class Photo; I am a classmate so this is a primary source of identification. Ron Yates 2011

      A friend, brother, and a Hero. Sept 11, 2008 | Los Angeles, Ca.; George lived across the street from me in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA. He was more then a friend to my brother and me, he was our "brother". George attended Rockdale Elementary School Eagle Rock Jr. & Sr. High School and Glendale City Collage. He enlisted in the Navy and was a Corpsman attached to the Marine 1/7 in Vietnam. He was killed March 17, 1968. Among the medals awarded to him: 2 Bronze Stars with V, and 3 Purple Hearts. He is buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA. He left behind many family members and friends, who still think of him. Our HERO, forever 23 and in our hearts. Bonnie

      Vietnam War: U.S. Military Casualties, 1956-1998 Name: George Franklin Myrick Birth Date: 19 Aug 1945 Death Date: 17 Mar 1968 Gender: Male Age: 22 Race: Caucasian (White) Home City: Los Angeles Home State: California Religion: Protestant- No Denominational Preference Marital Status: Single (Spouse Not Listed) SSN/Service #: B817902 Citizen Status: U.S. Death Date: 17 Mar 1968 Processed Date: Apr 1968 Casualty Country: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed Casualty Reason: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea Casualty Air: Helicopter Air Casualty - Non-Aircrew Body Status: Body Recovered Service Branch: Department of the Navy Component: Regular (RA, USN, USAF, USMC, USCG) Pay Grade: E-3; HN; Province: Military Region 1 - Quang Nam Length of Service : 01 Data Source: Combat Area Casualties Current File

      George the son of Carl C. and Garnet Z.E. Myrick, enlisted in the US Navy on April 19, 1966. He attended Field Medical School in Camp Pendleton CA and then was assigned to the US Naval Hospital in San Diego. With orders for duty in Vietnam HN Myrick was assigned to H&S Company and attached to Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF as a Field Corpsman when he arrived. During Operation Worth, after a frontal attack against enemy forces on Hill 502 that raged most of the day, contact was broken by the enemy. Casualties were gathered and brought to an LZ for medical evacuation.

      A CH-46 D from HMM-265 arrived for the medical evacuation, upon lift off the helicopter came under intense enemy ground fire and as it circled away from the LZ it was hit in the rear pylon by a B-40 RPG rocket causing it to crash and burn in a valley below. The entire crew and six wounded survived, nine other wounded men died including HN Myrick who had been wounded in his left leg while treating Marines during the battle and was also being medically evacuated. HN Myrick was presented the Navy Achievement Medal with combat "V" "For outstanding achievement in superior performance of his duties .... 13 January 1968..." and presented the Bronze Star Medal posthumously "For heroic achievement on 6 February 1968 while serving as a Corpsman" (Source: posted OBIT at findagrave.com)

      This "empty chair" sits at the table which is the life of Ron Bennington: GEORGE FRANKLIN MYRICK; My Friend; The person that I decided to write about is a man named George Franklin Myrick. I love George Myrick and I would like you all to love him to. Some people here may think that statement is a little odd; that a man would say that he loves another man, but let me tell you about George Myrick and then you'll understand.

      George Myrick was from California, six feet tall, red hair and red face, twenty-two years old and a smile as big as the whole out of doors. He had a low quiet hypnotizing voice, almost Pied Piper like. George had joined the Navy, because like so many who had served, he believed he could help the people of South Vietnam stay free. He volunteered to be a Navy corpsman, not that he was gung ho to be in the fight, or to be where the action was, but because he felt that was where he could do the most good.

      I met George in September of 1967 and, right from the get go, I was amazed with him. He was smart; not just book smart, which he was, but he had an all 'round intelligent and uncommon common sense. And that voice... that voice saved my career on a hot night in December when a Lieutenant was discussing the medal he was going to get for getting two of my friends killed with a senseless charge up a hill. I thought that the Lieutenant should get it like they were: posthumously. George, with that voice, stopped me before I would have done something I would have surely been court-martialed for. He would go hungry because he would give all of his food to the children and lull us into doing the same. He was a teacher, not a school teacher, but he would hold classes on how we, who were guests in someone else's country, should act so as to make our mothers proud. He was truly my friend. Only my wife, Donna, has come that close to me. I didn't know, until after a lot of years of beating myself up, just how much he really taught me. He was caring, loving and helpful above and beyond the call of duty. It's ironic that that now I have the ability to write this because it just so happens that 32 years ago today George Myrick saved my life in Vietnam. In the beginning I asked you all to love George Myrick ... for you see, without his unselfish caring for his brother human being; I would have bled to death 32 years ago. Later on that same day, the United States lost one of her most precious resources, a son, and the world lost a true humanitarian. (Source: Ron Bennington: GEORGE FRANKLIN MYRICK; My Friend)

      GEORGE F. MYRICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

      When he attended ERHS, George Myrick was not only a dedicated student; he was a leader and an inspiration to others. In classes, he always contributed to the discussions and assisted other students who needed help. George was a friend to anyone who needed a friend. He was a class officer in the ninth grade; became a member of the Knights in the eleventh grade, and was president of that service club in his senior year. He ran cross-country and track, and was the starting quarterback on the varsity football team. George earned multiple letters in each sport, and his teammates voted him co-captain of the track and football teams.

      George served in the United States Navy as a corpsman, and was known as “Doc” to the men in the Marine Corps unit to which he was assigned. He was awarded 23 medals for his bravery, courage and exceptional dedication to his “brothers” in Vietnam. He was killed on March 17, 1968; he was 22 years old. The story of George Myrick's heroism and courage inspired the ERHS Alumni Association to select him as a recipient of the Soaring Eagle Award in 2009. This scholarship was created to honor our friend, George Myrick. We continue to follow George's example and make each moment of our lives one of conscious and thoughtful living. We challenge the recipient of this scholarship to do the same. Requirements: 3.0 GPA. Award: $1,000 (Source: Eagle Rock High School Scholarship Foundation; Post Office Box 411236, Eagle Rock, California 90041; www.erhsalum.com)