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is honored on Panel 49W, Line 10 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Ronald B. Taylor

    Posted on 2/19/17 - by
    PFC John R. Schmude and PFC Ronald B. Taylor were heavy construction equipment operators serving with Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 86th Engineer Battalion. On August 4, 1968, they were traveling in a convoy near the village of Kien Tuong in Kien Tuong Province, RVN, driving a 10-ton truck pulling a low-boy trailer with a wrecked Rome Plow. They were headed back to base for major repairs to the plow when their truck suffered a flat front tire. The mechanized security for the convoy misjudged the situation by continuing down the road with the rest of the convoy, believing Schmude and Taylor would quickly change the tire and fall back in line. Although the security kept them in plain view, it was from quite a distance they realized their critical mistake. The driver and his “shotgun” partner were taken by surprise while changing the tire by a Viet Cong strike of AK-47 fire which caught them momentarily defenseless on the side of the road. Neither had a chance to escape the sudden assault and both were fatally wounded. A satchel (explosive) charge was also thrown in the truck’s cab which destroyed the vehicle. In the aftermath, the previously wrecked plow still sat solidly in place aboard the low bed trailer, now accompanied by destroyed equipment and men. Both Schmude and Taylor were posthumously promoted to corporal. [Taken from and the book “Grading Vietnam” by Terry T. Brown]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/3/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Ronald Burton 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/10/10 - by Robert Sage
    Ronald is buried at White's Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI. PH
  • VALOR. American men & women have died in wars ... WE REMEMBER!

    Posted on 4/7/03 - by Jim Stepanek
    DuPage County, Illinois "Wall of Fallen Heroes"
  • Still remember you Taylor

    Posted on 3/6/02 - by sp5 H.M.
    Can't say we were good friends but I'll always remember that bright red hair and that youthful innocence. I remember you said you were engaged. You and John Schmude were together that day. I hope you're with him today. He was a good man. We thought you were so young now I see you were older than me but I wasn't innocent just stupid. Rest in peace we remember you always.

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