Sid Meager

Sid Meager

Sidney Meager is one of the guys you never really hear about. Sidney Meager was apart of the 276th Armored Field Artillery Duty. He was what was called the "Forward Observer" at the time. Sidney's duty was to go beyond allied lines with a rifle and a radio and report coordinates back to base for accurate artillery strikes. This may have been the most dangerous job during WWII because the life expectancy for people like Sidney was only a few minutes. This job was dangerous in the fact that you were usually in plain sight of the enemy while you tried to send back coordinates. Sidney Meager was bordering on certain death at least 3 times. In the end Sidney recieved two silver stars, one purple heart, and two bronze medals.

Sidney got to travel all over Europe. He went to Belgium, Germany, France. When Sid went from Belgium to France all he had to say to Hazel was that the people in France were leaner than the people in Belgium. He was awarded a 3 day trip to France.

In conclusion, Sid Meager should be regarded as a small town hero. He realized before he left for war he was gonna have to make some sacrifices. War tends to do this to almost every person. In Sid's case he put his whole family on the line, he missed the birth of his daughter, and most of all, he risked his own life by being a part of one of the most dangerous types of positions during the war. It truly is amazing how brave this simple person from Medina county was.

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Sid Meager and Hazel Meager

Sid Meager and Hazel Meager

This picture was taken before Sid was sent off for war. He and his wife resided in Seville, Ohio. He should be regarded as a hero for his war efforts. He had one of the hardest military positions and also one of the riskiest. Image Courtesy of The Meager Family. View File Details Page

Camp Phillips

Camp Phillips

The barracks where Sid Meager was sent before heading off to war. Camp Phillips was located in Kansas. The town was taken over by the U.S. Government and used to house over 80,000 soldiers and held over 3000 German and Italian P.O.W. Problems with the camp ensued during the war. Problems like an overpopulation of rats due to no source of running water, prisoners escaping, and the people that occupied the town that were forced to evacuate and leave their homeland. Image courtesy of The Meager Family Information Courtesy of : http://www.808th.com/stateside/03c_phillips.htm View File Details Page

Sid Meager and people in the 276th Armored Field Artillery Battalion.<br /><br />

Sid Meager and people in the 276th Armored Field Artillery Battalion.

This picture was taken during the war in the woods. The location is probably in Belgium or France. He spent most of his time in the war here. War seems to take a toll on a lot of people, but reading through all of Sidney's letters, you realize that no one is essentially built for war. Most letters home consist of simple talking; never war or anything about a fight. All you read about is small talk between Sid and his wife Hazel mainly. In his position, he could have died at any moment on the field. His reasoning for not talking about war was probably so his family didn't worry as much about him. Image courtesy of The Meager family. View File Details Page

Loneliness in the Field

Loneliness in the Field

One letter that Sid wrote on January 15th, 1945 was actually a letter he wrote to her about the war. He says when the war is written a lot of information will be overlooked. He says,"the news sounds good don't itz if you only knew how much blood was lost." He mentions that everyone is very up set do to the horrors of war. He says everyone wants the war to be over and head home. He complains about his troops being so far behind. Image courtesy of the Creative Commons View File Details Page

A Birth on the Homefront

A Birth on the Homefront

In a letter dated January 12, 1945 Sid sends his love to his wife and their unborn child. Little did he know his daughter Connie Mae was born on January 6, 1945. In later letters, he writes about his fellow soldiers firing their weapons in honor of her birth. Image courtesy of the Meager Family View File Details Page

Bronze Stars

Bronze Stars

Two more awards that Sid earned during the war. These two were for two acts of heroism during the war. View File Details Page

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Sidney received this purple heart award a long with two silver stars. The purple heart was given to him for being shot. It's remarkable because of the fact he was most likely in enemy territory. He was honorably discharged from the army on September 26th,1945. View File Details Page

Audio

Sid Meager Epitaph

The unassuming Meager, returns a humble war hero. | Source: MHS Sherri Hufford's Junior Language Arts Course. | Creator: Carolyn Wilder and Logan Ayers View File Details Page

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Dylan Anderholm et al., “Sid Meager,” Discover Medina, accessed May 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/88.

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