George Thomas Taylor, Jr

Army of the United States
27 June 1945 - 21 May 1971
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for George Thomas Taylor, Jr

28 Mar 2008


by his son,
George T. Taylor III

A Note from The Virtual Wall

By April 1971 almost all Marine forces had been withdrawn from Quang Tri Province, with a consequent build-up of U. S. Army forces relocated from further south. Operation MONTANA MUSTANG (08 Apr - 11 Jul 71) was a 5th Infantry Division operation intended "to locate and destroy enemy forces, eliminate VCI, conduct reaction/exploitation operations and assist in pacification and Vietnamization in Quang Tri Province." 5th ID units occupied a number of positions previously held by USMC units, including Fire Support Base C-2 a bit south of the DMZ. The After Action Report for MONTANA MAULER contains the following entry for 21 May 1971:
"1-61 [at FSB C-2] started to receive 122mm rockets equipped with delayed fuzes. Altogether 11 rockets landed within the perimeter. At 1744H the seventh rocket struck the club bunker which was occupied by an estimated 65-70 personnel. The bunker collapsed on those inside and rescue operations were begun immediately. All available personnel and equipment were requested and employed, and C/1-61 arrived from Quang Tri CB as a reaction force at 2100H. Excavation rescue and dustoff activities finally ceased at approximately 0200H on 22 May. From the incident there were 29 KIA's and 33 WIA's."
The men killed in the collapsing bunker were
  • HHC, 1st Bde, 5 Inf Div
    • CPT George T. Taylor, Mount Pleasant, SC
    • PFC William E. Wolfe, Fountain Valley, CA

  • A Co, 7th Engineers
    • SSG Bennie L. North, San Antonio, TX
    • SGT Alvin C. Curry, Portsmouth, VA
    • SGT Columbus V. Gross, Rensselaer, IN
    • SGT Billy D. Herring, St Louis, MO
    • SP4 William M. Kenedy, Meridian, MS
    • SP4 John H. Najmola, Canton, OH
    • SP4 Kenneth G. Westerberg, Barnum, MN

  • B Btry, 26th Artillery
    • SP4 David B. Matykiewicz, Washington, PA

  • G Btry, 65th Artillery
    • SSG James E. Boddie, Cleveland, OH

  • C Btry, 5th Bn, 4th Artillery
  • A Co, 1st Bn, 61st Infantry
    • SP4 Randall J. Glasspoole, Riverton, WY
    • SP4 William H. Hjorth, Lansing, MI
    • SP4 Jerome A. Olson, Excelsior, MN
    • SP4 Osier L. Pruitt, Inman, SC
    • SP4 J C. Summerlin, Brewton, AL
    • PFC Vincent M. Benedetti, Providence, RI
    • PFC Joe F. Gayosso, Montebello, CA
    • PFC Karl J. Lavallee, Groton, CT
    • PFC Alberto A. Ramirez, New York, NY
    • PFC William Saylor, North, SC
    • PFC William T. Smith, North Little Rock, AR

  • D Co, 1st Bn, 61st Infantry
    • SFC William C. Jennings, Chicago, IL
    • SSG Leo C. Oatman, Weatherford, TX

  • HHC, 1st Bn, 61st Infantry
    • SMAJ Charles M. Crawford, Lucas, OH
    • SFC Thomas F. Delehant, Dunlap, IA
    • SP5 Steven M. Mitchell, Des Moines, IA
    • PFC Marcus E. Arneson, Glenview, IL

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 77th Armor
    • 1LT Robert B. Lecates, Florence, AL

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Mar 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009