In early February, a decorated soldier returned to his Wingo home and surprised his three sons at an elementary school pep rally after a long deployment in Afghanistan. A beloved father, husband and son, Sgt. First Class Phillip Wilson’s family was ecstatic to have him back again.
However, the love and admiration extends beyond immediate family as his cousin wanted to show his love and support, as well.
Jon Myers created a song titled “American Soldier” as a tribute to his cousin’s achievements.
“Phillip and I were close as young kids,” Myers said. “We would spend the night at our grandparents’ and have the best of times. I have become much closer with him over the past few years, ever since I got back to Kentucky following multiple years of training in Tennessee. In fact, he was able to stop by my house a few weeks ago during some off time while doing National Guard work in Louisville. We had a great time reminiscing.”
He said inspiration struck him in early 2019 at Phillip’s pre-deployment gathering at their church, but it wasn’t until fall when the song took shape. It was then he contacted his old producer in Louisville who helped him record with some professional musicians.
Myers said Phillip and his wife loved the song. Phillip let some fellow soldiers listen to it who appreciated it, as well.
A 2003 graduate of Mayfield High School, Myers said he began writing music as a teenager, creating songs for a couple of rock bands — Wireless and Proven Theory — he was part of during that time. In his junior year, he composed a piece on the piano, which he performed at an annual recital at Mayfield Middle School around 2002.
A symphonic band piece he wrote was performed by Georgetown College in 2007. He also wrote and recorded the song — For All Time — which he danced to at his wedding that same year.
He said he just finished a song called “My Little Hometown” which is based on Mayfield. One of the verses is a direct reference to Harrell Brothers Hardware, which he said closed in the early 2000s. One of the brothers was his great grandfather.
Myers lives in Louisville with his wife and four children. He is a diagnostic radiologist with Central Kentucky Radiology, based in Lexington, though he mainly works at the Bardstown location.
Myers posted the tribute to Phillip on YouTube.