DAVID E TAYLOR
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HONORED ON PANEL 34W, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

DAVID EARL TAYLOR

WALL NAME

DAVID E TAYLOR

PANEL / LINE

34W/45

DATE OF BIRTH

08/24/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/20/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BIG SPRING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Howard County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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LEFT FOR DAVID EARL TAYLOR
POSTED ON 2.7.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your cousin Robert Taylor Wood is touching and reflects his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever.
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POSTED ON 1.9.2023
POSTED BY: Charles Rennie

LAST PERSON TO SEE HIM (THEM ALIVE)

The truth is, every time you say good bye to someone in person, for a combat mission or on the phone, whatever, it could be the last time. Seeing them for the last time on that day is still apart of me today. Jan 20.

CJ (Chuck) Rennie
Hendersonville, NC
A Troop, 3/17th Air Cav Scout
Crew Chief
Tail# 66-07872
Vietnam - '68-69
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POSTED ON 6.28.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt David Taylor, Thank you for your service as an Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander - General Staff. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Independence Day is next Monday. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 12.7.2018
POSTED BY: Doug Miller

Remembering 1LT David Earl Taylor

On January 20, 1969, LT Taylor did not return to our base after flying a recon mission over South Vietnam. Days earlier he had joyfully told us about the birth of his first child, Steven Jeffrey Taylor. He never got to meet his son.

Fifty years later I still remember David. He was an instructor pilot at Fort Knox in 1968 as we prepared to deploy to Vietnam and later in our unit in Vietnam. I was a better pilot because of David. I have lived a full life, in part, because of what he taught me. I am forever grateful.
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POSTED ON 7.26.2015

Final Mission of 1LT David E. Taylor

On January 20, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A (tail number 66-07872) from A Troop "Silver Spurs", 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade was operating in the Binh Duong Province (III Corps) when it came under hostile automatic weapons fire. The aircraft was shot down, crashed and burned. Both crewmen suffered fatal injuries in the attack. They included observer MAJ Richard K. Zimmerman and pilot 1LT David E. Taylor. The following is a personal account of the aftermath of the attack by John Connor: “On the day they were killed we were working in a new AO that included the Iron Triangle for the first time. The Scout Platoon Leader and myself were flying together to check out the new AO as the scout part of the hunter/killer team. 1LT Taylor and MAJ Zimmerman came into the area at altitude and let us know they were joining us for a while to look the area over. They joined us at low level for a while and then said they were going back to altitude to look the rest of the AO over before going to Cu Chi for a briefing. We continued working low level on various plotted target areas without finding much in the way of fresh signs, however we saw a lot of older trails, bunkers and such. We were scheduled to do a BDA (bomb damage assessment) on a B-52 strike and started to pull up to altitude to move to that area when our gun ship asked what the smoke was from where we just pulled up. We did a 180 degree turn to see what they were talking about and not far behind us was the typical smoke column of a downed ship burning. We went back to low level and started circling at a distance since ammo and grenades were cooking off and we couldn't get too close. We also were looking for anything that might have brought it down. We spotted one rotor blade a little distance away and then a piece of metal that had our troop emblem (the inverted triangle with a yellow bar across it except the yellow bar wasn't painted yet) and I knew it was the standby ship that 1LT Taylor and MAJ Zimmerman had taken that morning. The gunnies put out the radio calls by then and we were getting some reaction forces in from Cu Chi. They swept and secured the area and started searching. They found a lot of spider holes and tunnel entrances but no enemy troops. They started pumping smoke and tear gas into the tunnels and it came up all over a huge area. There wasn't much of anything to recover from the ship after the fire and explosions. The people on the ground theorized that they had come back into the area without us or the gunship knowing it and when they came down to low level a gook popped out of a hole and sprayed them with automatic fire.” [Taken from vhpa.org, armyaircrews.com and northwestvets.com]
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