As Jack Myers goes through photo albums he remembers his good friend Arthur Staymates who passed away Sunday at the age of 92. Myers served in World War II just like Staymates. However, the two didn’t meet until many years later.
“You know talking with him and other veterans it’s interesting to know that we were in the same battles, in the same town in the same day you know I didn’t know him then he was in the infantry and I was in the tank destroyer,” said Myers.
Staymates was drafted into the army in 1943 and trained with the 69th infantry camp in Shelby, Ms. He landed on Omaha Beach in June 6, 1944 on D-Day’s day’s first wave of the 26th infantry regiment.
“He has the best story of all because like I said he went in on D-Day, he fought in France. He fought in the battle of the bulge, he fought in Germany and he went to southern Germany until the war ended,” said Myers.
Staymates was a commanding officer of the security personnel that was in charge of 19 Nazi prisoners, including Hermann Goering. For the last three years, Myers and Staymates traveled back to Europe with The Greatest Generations Foundation where he and Staymates roomed together, which Myers says was a time he will never forget.
“And to go into the courtroom where they had the trials to me to think back how it was and doing that all over again, 72 years later it’s something else,” said Myers.
As Myers reflects on the legacy of Staymates, he has nothing but good things to say.
“He was a great American veteran and a good man, a good father, good husband, good grandfather, just an all around good man,” said Myers.
The family of Staymates says they will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 26th from 6p.m.-8 p.m. The funeral will take place on Thursday, April 27th at 12:30 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home.