John was the son of Leonard and and Edna Myers, him an oiler for the railroad. He was born in June 1925, the middle of three sons and grew up on South Fairfax Street. His family moved to the house on 808 Ramsey Street about 1943, a block from GWHS, but convenience apparently was not a major consideration, for he quit school after his freshman year. This left him vulnerable to the draft and he was called up in October 1943 and allocated to the Army. He was assigned to Company F of the 104th Infantry Regiment, part of the 26th Division, and was killed in action by shell fire on 24 November 1944.