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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jack R. Myers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History

Born: in Barry, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Myers was born in Barry, Illinois but grew up in Quincy, Illinois. He also lived in Decatur and Springfield, Illinois. Myers also attended Millikin University in Decatur.

Biographical and Professional Information

Myers was educated at Ft. Hays Kansas State College and Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He is graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Cadet School and served as a bombardier on a B-17, flew 35 missions over Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland during World War II. He knows first-hand the terrifying fears many veterans faced during the war. One of the reasons Myers wrote his books. He wanted World War II veterans -- and veteran from today's wars -- to know it's OK to talk about their fears. After serving in the war, Myers returned to Quincy for a time. He later landed jobs with insurance companies in Decatur and Springfield. Then in 1961 he moved to Oklahoma City and started his own company, Standard Business Supply. Myers is now retired and lives in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

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