U.S. Army PFC Ed Meyer, 94-year-old WWII Veteran, University of Missouri graduate and Centerpoint volunteer, was honored as the Hero of the Game on Saturday, November 10 during the University of Missouri’s Military Appreciation Game. For the past five years, Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s No. 1 VA lender, has honored deserving military heroes during home football games through Hero of the Game.
Meyer enlisted into the Army in 1942, at age 18. He served for three years, from 1942-1945, including time in the South Pacific; New Guinea, Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines, and the invasion of Morotai Island in the Moluccas. Immediately after leaving the Army, he used his GI Bill and was accepted to the University of Missouri. During his time at Mizzou, he became interested in drama and participated in three major productions, including the first-ever arena-style play on the roof of the Education Building! He was also invited by Stephens College to do three major plays at their playhouse. He graduated from the Journalism school in just three years and began his extraordinary career in radio, beginning in Cumberland, Maryland in 1950.
Thirty-four years later, Ed, then a senior correspondent at WMAL radio station in Washington D.C., delivered a Peabody Award-winning experience for his listeners; The Jeffersonian World of Dumas Malone. Malone was an American historian, biographer and editor noted for his six-volume biography on Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson and His Time. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1975 for history and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 1983.
Meyer retired in 1990 and later moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 1995. He is still active in his community; helping third graders with reading, delivering Meals on Wheels and volunteering at Centerpoint Medical Center where he has volunteered nearly 3,600 hours since 2008.
“The employees at Veterans United love being a part of the Hero of the Game,” said Kris Farmer, chief marketing officer for Veterans United. “For the past five years, we have honored a Veteran or service member at every home Mizzou football game. Our employees nominate deserving Veterans and service members each week. It’s important for us to recognize those who protect our freedoms and to be able to recognize a WWII Veteran and Mizzou graduate, Mr. Ed Meyer, is a true honor.”
Ed’s nominator, Veterans United employee Tony Meis, said, "World War II was fought with all different types of weapons but it was won by 18, 19 and 20-year-olds like Ed. He’s an inspiration to not only myself but to every generation that enjoys the road he paved. The world would be a much better place if we had a few more Ed’s in our life!"