|Cy Meyers was drafted into the Army but because his father was a Marine, Cy joined the Marines in June 1943 where he spent 13 weeks in boot camp. From boot camp he spent another 13 weeks at Jacks Farm outside of San Diego at the Marine Corps Tank School. There he learned to drive a tank and fire weapons. He was transferred to the newly formed Fifth Marine Division in Camp Pendleton to serve in the Fifth Tank Battalion, A Company. He spent 30 months overseas and never did get a leave.
In 1944 his division was deployed to Guam. They were not needed in Guam so they were transferred to Hilo, Hawaii for additional training. Not long after that they were told to start loading up and to get ready to move on. They picked up the 4th and Third Marine Divisions near Saipan and discovered after five days on board ship they were headed to Iwo Jima. It was a huge convoy, as far as the eye could see there were ships.
On February 19, 1945 they traveled aboard landing ship docks to the shores of Iwo Jima where they unloaded tanks. Cy was in the seventh wave to hit the shore where they encountered enemy fire. Bodies of casualties and injured were floating in the ocean waters where they landed. The tanks sent charges into the caves that were firing upon them. They enemy could go from one end of the island to the other and never come out to see daylight. They had hospitals underground in caves.
During the Battle of Iwo Jima there were many casualties and loss of life but it also saved many lives. Capturing the airfields made it possible for damaged American planes to land when they could not return to their bases. Fourteen men in the Fifth Division earned Congressional Medals.
On February 23,1945 while refueling his tank Cy saw the American flag raised over Mount Suribachi, a scene made famous after it was captured in a photograph.
Cy Meyers was discharged in 1951.