John Stryker Meyer

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John Stryker Meyer
Nickname(s) Tilt
Born January 1946 (age 71)
Trenton, New Jersey
Allegiance United States of America United States
Service/branch United States Army Special Forces - The Green Berets
Years of service 1966–1970?
Unit 5th Special Forces Group, Studies and Observations Group
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Other work Author

John Stryker "Tilt" Meyer (born January 19, 1946) is an American author and U.S. Army Special Forces combat veteran of service in covert reconnaissance with the Studies and Observations Group, also known as MACV-SOG. Meyer resides in California, since 1985, and has published two works of nonfiction related to his experiences in the Vietnam War.

Meyer's first book was a nonfiction memoir, first published in 2003, titled Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam.[1]

Early life[edit]

Meyer attended Trenton State College.[1]

Military career[edit]

Meyer enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966. He was accepted into the United States Army Airborne School and became airborne qualified.

U.S. Army Special Forces[edit]

As U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War increased, the United States began deploying Special Forces "A-teams" (Operational Detachment Alpha, or ODA, teams) to Southeast Asia in support of counterinsurgency operations against the Viet Cong, North Vietnamese and other Communist forces.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Published writings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rereading Vietnam. Kaplan, Robert D. The Atlantic 2008