January 12, 2011 - Louis Myers

January 12, 2011 – Louis Myers

By John Bridges - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louis Myers couldn't help but serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  His three brothers served in the Navy during World War Two.  Myers was a mechanic on the U.S.S. Douglas Munro.

"It was a destroyer escort," said Myers.  "We escorted aircraft carriers for air/sea rescue. We escorted supply ships and troop ships to Korea. Then we went on the Incheon invasion."

The Munro also helped in maneuvers off the coast of Korea.

"When we went to the Incheon invasion, we made a smoke screen.  We had to go in close to the beach to set it up for the landing craft coming in.  There wasn't much resistance but they did have shore batteries."

Myers ship also helped evacuate one of the Marshal Islands when the United States tested the Hydrogen bomb.

"They got hush-hush and they wouldn't tell us anything..just that we were going somewhere for a few weeks.  They came around and confiscated all film and told us we couldn't take any pictures."

Myers says he and his shipmates saw the bright flash and felt the explosion sixty miles away.

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