Elma L. Byler Meyer, 84, Army nurse for MacArthurElma L...

October 04, 1997

Elma L. Byler Meyer, 84, Army nurse for MacArthur

Elma L. Byler Meyer, a former Army nurse whose patients included Army Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Japanese war time premier Gen. Hideki Tojo, died Sept. 18 of congestive heart failure at College View Nursing Home in Frederick. She was 84.

Born Elma Lois Byler Yoder in Belleville, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1935 from Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta, Colo.

She was an orthopedic and psychiatric nurse in Philadelphia until November, 1941, when she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps.

During World War II, she served at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington where she married Leonard D. Meyer, a career Army officer, in 1943.

After caring for German prisoners of war at Camp Blanding, Fla., she was assigned to Japan, where she nursed war criminal Tojo until his 1948 execution in Tokyo.

During the occupation of Japan, she also was Gen. Douglas MacArthur's private duty nurse. After returning to Washington, she was assigned to Gen. Pershing, famed World War I commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. He died in 1948.

She served at Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii until 1958, when she retired from the Army with the rank of major. She returned to Myersville, Frederick County, where she managed her family's family farm.

Services with full military honors were Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mrs. Meyer is survived by a son, John Edward Meyer of Richland, Mich.; two sisters, Jean Bennett and Eunice Ruth Yoder, both of Cornwall, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

John L. Salter, 63, racehorse trainer

John L. Salter, a racehorse trainer and part-time announcer at Maryland race tracks, died Sept. 27 of complications from diabetes at Deaton Specialty Hospital and Home Inc. The Laurel resident was 63.

Mr. Salter began training horses in the mid-1950s when he was in his 20s, making him one of the youngest licensed trainers in Maryland at that time, according to relatives. He also kept a small stable and did part-time announcing at Pimlico and Laurel racetracks.

He also was a life insurance agent for 20 years with Midland Mutual Life Insurance Co. until retiring in 1991.

Born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, Mr. Salter was a 1951 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1956, and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1958.

Mr. Salter was a Eucharistic minister at the Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Laurel and was active in the prison ministry at Jessup Correctional Facility.

NTC Services were held at the church Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Jan Schaefer; two sons, Stanton M. Salter of Towson and Merrill J. Slater of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Marcy Bishop of Louisa, Va.; two brothers, William J. Salter of Silver Spring and Milton A. Salter of San Antonio; and two sisters, Katherine M. Myatt of Bridgewater, Mass., and Mary M. Workinger of Edina, Minn.

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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