Herbert C. Meyr
Herb Meyr flew the F-100 with the 356th TFS out of Myrtle Beach, SC. He flew the C, D and F models of the F-100. Later Herb flew the O-1 and F-111.
After serving with the USAF, Herb retired to enjoy hunting, fishing, skiing, and diving. Herb is a member of the Super Sabre Society, A-1 Skyraider Association, Silver Sage chapter of Porsche Club of America. He is also the Founder/Director of the Bighorn Sheep Society of Idaho and the Idaho Bird Hunting Society.
Herbert Carl Meyr, Jr. (LtCol USAF, Ret) “Headed West” on September 28, 2020.
Herb is survived by his wife Sharon L. Meyr of Port Orange, Florida. Brother Richard Meyr of Reno, Nevada. He is preceded in death by both his parents.
Herb was born on December 1, 1938, in Miami, Florida to Herbert & Louise Meyr. Herb graduated from Covington Elementary in Los Altos, CA. in (1952) and was part of the first graduating class from Covington Elementary. Four years later in (1956) Herbert graduated from Mountain View High School in Mountain View, CA. Herb attended San Jose State College where he joined R.O.T.C. and got commissioned as an officer after receiving a BS degree in chemistry.
After graduation, he was employed with Shell Chemical Corporations in New York City as a junior executive trainer for 6 months. In the same year, the United States Air Force sent Herb to Texas to attend undergraduate pilot training at Webb AFB. 1963 Herb was assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, then onto Myrtle Beach AFB in South Carolina where he trained on F-100 fighter jets with the 356th TFS.
Shortly after he was sent for temp duty to Turkey and assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Aviano AB, Italy. During the Vietnam War in (1965), he flew the A-1 Skyraider and served as a fighter squadron advisor in 520th VNAF. After leaving Vietnam, Lt. Col. Meyr was stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida, where he trained US & Vietnamese pilots.
Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV & the 491st TFS at Cannon AFB, NM, is where Herb began training officers on F-111 aircraft. From 1970-1973 Herb was stationed in England with the 79TFS.
His final assignment came in 1977 when he was permanently assigned to Mountain Home AFB, as Chief of standards and evaluations. He retired in 1984 from the USAF as Lieutenant Colonel.
During his military career, Herb was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, and 17 Air Medals along with the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Lt. Col. Meyr was the 8th pilot to reach 3000 flight hours an F-111.
Along the way, Herb married Mary Sue Childs in 197 and married again in 1990 to Sharon L. Knight. During his retirement, Herb traveled the world with his wife Sharon enjoying several Disney Cruises.
Herb was chairman and board member of the Henry Fork Foundation for 3 years, and a Board member and past president of the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation, (National Life Member of Wild Sheep Foundation).
He was appointed by Senator Mike Crapo as a board member of the Owyhee Canyon Land Initiative and participated in the restoration of the Big Horn Sheep into Hells Canyon and reintroduction of the Big Horn to the Jim Sage Mountains.
During his retirement, Herbert also enjoyed hunting big game, fly fishing, skiing and diving.
Herb was a member of the Super Sabre Society, A-1 Skyraider Association, Silver Sage Chapter of Porsche Club of America.
Lt. Colonel Ret. Herbert C. Meyr Jr. was laid to rest with full military honors at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Memorial contributions in Herb Meyr’s name can be made to the Warhawk Air Museum 201 Municipal Drive Nampa, Idaho 83687. A personal military collection of Lt. Colonel Herbert Meyr will be on display in the coming months at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa.
- 1963 UPT, Webb AFB, SC
- 1964-1965 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Myrtle Beach, SC (F-100)
- 1965 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
- 1966 520th VNAF Fighter Squadron Advisor (A-1)
- Eglin AFB, FL (trained US & Vietnamese pilots)
- 491st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV/Cannon AFB, NM (F-111)
- 1970-1973 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England
- 1977 Chief of Standards, Mt. Home AFB, ID
- 1984 Retired USAF
Awards & Decorations
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (17)
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
8th pilot to reach 3000 flight hours in the F-111
Military & Civilian Education
- 1956 Mountain View High School
- BS/Chemistry, San Jose State, CA
Herb Meyr presentation at Nellis AFB, NV Parts 1 and 2