A Virtual Wall Memorial by Ken Magyar

RoyJuers-USMC-FullDress-Slide03square_smRoy James Juers, Corporal
Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
United States Marine Corps
22 January 1945 – 12 September 1967
East Norwich, New York
Vietnam Memorial Wall, Panel 26E Line 60
Interred, Long Island National Cemetery, V1806, Farmingdale NY

Submitted 23 May 2008


My name is Ken Magyar. I served with Roy, who was better known as “Juers”, as was common in the Marine Corps. I went to boot camp with him and served with him until the day he died.  He was not alone that day – [it] was also Gill, Spalding, and me. We all served in Alpha 1/6 and then Mike [in the] 3/6.

Roy was a hard loss for all; he never complained; was always neat and on time. Most of all, you [could] count on him no matter what. The three of us started at Parris Island, S.C.  We served in the Dominican Republic in 1965 and were transferred to 3/26 in 1966.  We spent a lot of time together.  Gill was closer to him than anyone.

Spalding, Gill and I made it home. I don’t know where Spalding is, but I talk to Gill at least once a week. We wish Roy was here to laugh with us and tell stories that seem so important to us today. I don’t know who will read this, but my point is Roy is thought of by many more than just Spalding, Gill and me. There is Gonzales, Eardley, Stowers, DeCastile, Silvia, LaPore, and names I can’t think of – just young faces in a place far away.

Roy, I hope you are at peace and God bless you.  I never got to say “Goodbye”.
To members of his family … He was a good Marine and a great person. We miss Roy a lot.
From a brother Marine, Kenneth Magyar

A Note from The Virtual Wall
Corporal Juers joined Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA on 17 August 1966.
The 3/26 provided the infantry component of Battalion Landing Team 3/26, and in the fall of 1966, departed the U.S. en route to the Western Pacific. On arrival in the area, BLT 3/26 underwent further training in the Philippines before off-loading at Dong Ha on 11 Dec 1966.  Corporal Juers served with the 3/26 until 10 April 1967, when he was transferred to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines.  During September 1967, the 2nd Bn, 9th Marines was conducting defensive operations between Con Thien and Highway 9, an area notorious for its vulnerability to North Vietnamese Army (NVA) artillery and mortar fire. On 12 September 1967 Golf 2/9 lost five men to these fires, and two of their wounded died the following day:

Cpl Roy J. Juers, East Norwich, NY
LCpl Bradford T. Griffin, Rome, NY
LCpl Marlin L. Price, Mulga, AL
Pfc Robert F. Bigelow, Lowell, MA
Pfc Chester K. Hutchison, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pfc Bruce A. Kern, Orlando, FL (DoW 09/13/1967)
Pfc Willis L. Wood, Brunswick, GA (DoW 09/13/1967)

The point-of-contact for this memorial is a brother Marine, Kenneth Magyar

Submit an Addendum to this Memorial, first published 23 May 2008
Go to the Virtual Wall website… (Last updated 11/13/2010)

With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)

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