RODNEY A TAYLOR
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HONORED ON PANEL 11W, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

RODNEY ALAN TAYLOR

WALL NAME

RODNEY A TAYLOR

PANEL / LINE

11W/97

DATE OF BIRTH

06/05/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/04/1970

HOME OF RECORD

SEADRIFT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Calhoun County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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LEFT FOR RODNEY ALAN TAYLOR
POSTED ON 2.7.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. You died at 18 years of age. I am 74 and have lived a long and fulfilling life. It is tragic you never had that same opportunity. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2022
POSTED BY: Ricky Miller

SGT Rodney Taylor

I knew him from the army. We were in Ft Rucker together and graduated at the same time. I never knew where Rodney was until that night we were coming back from a Ranger mission and FB Birmingham was out my left. We seen the Huey he was in no one had lights on and it was really dark. The Huey and a Cobra Gunship flew straight into each other head on. My pilot told me the next morning that I loss a class friend in that Huey. I have t forgotten you Swede. You had a smile that girls would like RIP
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POSTED ON 7.4.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Rodney Taylor, Thank you for your service as a Huey UH-1 Helicopter Repairer. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is Independence Day. 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 6.1.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 70th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 3.29.2018

Final Mission of SGT Rodney A. Taylor

On May 4, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16244) from A Company, 101st Assault Helicopter Battalion,101st Airborne Division, was assigned flare standby for night illumination missions in support of the 1st Infantry Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AMBL). At approximately 1930 hours, Company A operations received a mission request to provide illumination for a practice Red Alert at FSB Kathryn in Thua Thien Province, RVN. Around 1955 hours, UH-1H (#68-16244), Comanchero 20, departed the Company A helipad enroute to FSB Kathryn and arrived at that location at 2020 hours. The crew included aircraft commander 1LT Larry F. Mattingly, pilot CW2 Tommy L. Kearsley, crew chief SGT Thomas O. Ahlberg, gunner SGT Rodney A. Taylor, and observer SGT Dean L. Aitken. Ten minutes later, two AH-1G Cobra attack helicopters from B Battery, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (ARA), departed Camp Eagle enroute to FSB Kathryn for the practice Red Alert. The wing ship of the flight of two AH-1G aircraft was #67-15620, call sign Toro 91D. Its crew comprised pilots WO1 Dean L. Bonneau and CPT Douglas N. Winfrey. While sharing the same air space, a mid-air collision occurred between the flare ship and Cobra wing ship. An investigation into the accident led the inquiry board to believe that while dropping flares, the UH-1H became engulfed by fire after a flare malfunction. The UH-1H started a descent to the ground and in the process made contact with Toro 91D. This contact resulted in the loss of the UH-1H's rotor system while damaging the AH-1G. Toro 91D caught fire and the two aircraft separated, the UH-1H falling to the ground in flames while the Toro 91D proceeded in what appeared to be an autorotative glide, crashing in heavily wooded and mountainous terrain. There were no survivors from either aircraft. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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