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FINIS RONEY STUDDARD

  • Wall Name:FINIS R STUDDARD
  • Date of Birth:6/10/1946
  • Date of Casualty:11/17/1965
  • Home of Record:STEELE
  • County of Record:ST. CLAIR COUNTY
  • State:AL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row: 3E, 96
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

ERNEST EDWARD TAYLOR

  • Wall Name:ERNEST E TAYLOR
  • Date of Birth:10/13/1941
  • Date of Casualty:11/17/1965
  • Home of Record:KAYCEE
  • County of Record:JOHNSON COUNTY
  • State:WY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row: 3E, 96
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

JESSE JUNIOR TAYLOR


is honored on Panel 3E, Row 96 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of CDR Jesse J. Taylor

    Posted on 7/29/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    There were many strikes in the "Iron Triangle" area of Vietnam - Hanoi, Haiphong and Thanh Hoa - in the early weeks of ROLLING THUNDER operations in 1965. The Air Wing 16 commander, CDR Harry T. Jenkins, Jr. had been captured four days when when the Saints of Attack Squadron 163 launched on a strike on the Hai Duong Bridge halfway between Hanoi and Haiphong in North Vietnam on November 17, 1965. On that day, a number of aircraft launched from the USS ORISKANY including LTC Roy H. "Hap" Bowling, the squadron's operations officer and the pilot of an A-4E Skyhawk light attack aircraft. LTC Bowling was flying a high speed, low-level retirement after attacking the target near the city of Hai Duong, Hai Hung Province, North Vietnam, when his wingman, flying immediately behind him, observed the starboard horizontal stabilizer fly off the aircraft, having been hit by enemy fire. The aircraft then rolled to the right and flew into the ground. A third pilot in the flight momentarily observed a deployed parachute at an altitude of about 100 feet. A fourth pilot in the flight flying past the parachute a few seconds later stated he saw the pilot hanging in the parachute appeared limp, and was not wearing his helmet. About a minute later, two airborne pilots observed a collapsed parachute on the ground in the vicinity of a well-populated area. One pilot saw what he described as "an inert form" under the collapsed parachute. The pilot stated that within three minutes time, the parachute had disappeared. Although search and rescue efforts in Vietnam were the best history had seen, only one out of six Americans shot down in the Iron Triangle region who were alive on the ground were rescued. The area was heavily populated, and villagers were eager to seize "air pirates" who came their way. It was also common for entire aircraft to be carried away, piece by piece, in an amazingly short period of time to reappear as parts of huts, souvenirs, or melted into a variety of objects. Two other officers from VA 163, Eric Shade and CDR Jesse J. Taylor went in to reconnoiter Bowling's position to see if there was a chance he could be extracted by helicopter. Both Shade's and Taylor's A-1H aircraft were hit by enemy fire. Shade luckily made it out safely. Taylor's aircraft crashed. It was deemed that he was killed in the crash. Intense enemy anti-aircraft fire in the area precluded a prolonged search effort and the search was terminated within 20 minutes of the initial incident. Bowling was not declared dead, however, but Prisoner of War. He was maintained in that status until the war ended. When 591 Americans were released from Vietnamese prisoner of war camps in 1973, Bowling and Taylor were not among them. The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of the two naval officers. Then in 1975, the Vietnamese, in a gesture of "good will" presented the remains of Jesse Taylor Jr. to the U.S. The U.S. gratefully accepted the "gift" of remains which should have been returned years before. Then on March 18, 1977, the remains of Hap Bowling were given to a U.S. presidentially-appointed commission visiting Hanoi. Roy Bowling's remains were accepted without question. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.com]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/27/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CDR Jesse Junior Taylor, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 1/6/12
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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  • Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

    Posted on 5/8/10
    A portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.
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  • On Silver Wings

    Posted on 6/27/07 - by Dave Avery averyds@carrollsweb.com
    On Silver Wings
    They Flew The Skies
    These Brave Young Men
    Who Fought And Died
    When Duty Called
    They Went So Brave
    Now families Mourn
    Beside Their Grave
    Who Can Forget
    What Courage They Had
    Some Have,Some Did
    And That's So Sad
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  • A letter from my father

    Posted on 5/9/06 - by Jeff Taylor isnagnt@yahoo.com
    In a letter from my father dated October 6, 1965, he said.
    "I hope that everyone appreciates what we're doing here and is proud of the sacrifice that we're making" I'm posting this note to tell all of you who see it that I am not only proud of what he did, I'm proud of each and everyone one of you your sacrifice was a gift given freely to all of us. You have my eternal respect.
    My father became a hero to many. I knew him as Dad, someone I loved very much.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/31/04 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Jesse has a military stone in his honor at Ft Rosecrans Nat Cem.
  • If I should die...remembrances for CDR. Jesse Junior TAYLOR, USN...who died so we may remain free!!!

    Posted on 2/12/04
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long viglls by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • Thank you Commander

    Posted on 5/13/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Jesse Junior Taylor, for your continued vigilant and faithful service, to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore, you shall never be forgotten!

    Again, thank you Commander Taylor, for a job well done!

    MAYBE ONE DAY SOON.....UNTIL THEN....HEAVENLY PEACE MY FRIEND




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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES NAVY OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 7/23/01 - by CLAY MARSTON

    COMMANDER


    JESSE JUNIOR TAYLOR


    served as a pilot with


    CARRIER AIR WING 16 ( CV 16 )


    onboard the


    USS ORISKANY CVA-34



    and was a posthumous recipient of the



    NAVY CROSS


    PURPLE HEART




    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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  • Remembrance of a highly respected Naval Aviator and friend.

    Posted on 4/8/00 - by Jim Treacy jimimt@concentric.net
    To Jesse, gone but not forgotten.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.