Lee Roy Taylor

United States Marine Corps
29 April 1946 - 29 July 1967
Coalgood, Kentucky
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lee Roy Taylor

27 Mar 2008

I am just beginning to learn about my maternal uncle Lee Roy Taylor who died in Vietnam July 29th 1967. Although I never knew him, my earliest of memories contain my mother (his sister) saying such wonderful, loving things about him. Long ago I recall reading the letters he sent from Vietnam to my mother. I always knew that somehow I had missed knowing a very fine uncle to say the very least.

Yet through all these years I know so very little about his life. Now here in late March of 2008, over 40 years since his death, I am begining to learn a little more about him and I hope this continues. If any of you out there discover this and knew my uncle I would love to hear from you.

Lee Roy's mother still lives in West Virginia near his gravesite. She is in her 90's. My mother and many of his family still survive and grow more every year. To you, Uncle Lee Roy - I never knew you, but somehow feel our bond is strengthened and renewed today. I thank you as I do all who answered the call to serve. You are a hero of mine and I'm very glad to still call you "my uncle". May God bless and keep you until we meet again.

Love from your nephew,
Bruce Richard Bundy
1865 Plum Court, Crown Point, Indiana 46307-1095

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Marine Division's Command Chronology for July 1967 contains the following paragraph:

The North Vietnamese had given way as the Marines moved north to the Ben Hai River, but they moved back in behind the Marines and were prepared to engage them as they withdrew from the DMZ. The bulk of the fighting on 29 July took place near Thon Cam Son, about 5 kilometers north-northwest of Con Thien (Hill 158), and cost the lives of 33 Marines:

  • C Co, 3rd Antitank Bn
    • Sgt James M. Lynch, Cheltenham, PA
    • Cpl Dewey L. Beatty, Seattle, WA
    • LCpl Alan C. Erickson, Seattle, WA

  • C Co, 3rd Eng Bn
    • Pfc Charles W. Hollwedel, Tinley Park, IL
    • Pfc Richard H. Taylor, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Pfc Jerry G. Wright, Lutz, FL

  • A Co, 3rd Tank Bn
    • Pfc Eric M. Dewey, Bishop, CA

  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • 2ndLt Robert A. Kisch, Garden City, NY
    • Cpl Richard L. La Flair, Brownville, NY
    • LCpl Michael F. Gaffney, Chicago, IL (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Ronald L. McJunkin, Sciotoville, OH
    • LCpl Carl J. Olson, Davenport, IA
    • LCpl Allen J. White, Delhi, IA
    • LCpl Robert W. Wilfong, South Whitley, IN
    • Pfc Dennis E. Brown, The Dalles, OR
    • Pvt Ricky W. Richardson, Kailua, HI

  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • Cpl Robert L. Ellison, Charlotte, MI
    • Cpl Lee R. Taylor, Coalgood, KY
    • LCpl Walter C. Gibson, Denver, CO
    • Pfc John M. Dudley, Glen Rock, PA
    • Pfc Eddie L. Roberts, Hope, AR
    • Pfc William F. Seveney, Ware, MA

  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • LCpl Phillip Jacob, Toledo, OH
    • LCpl Richard H. Johnson, Wolcott, NY
    • LCpl Larry V. Kinard, Philadelphia, PA
    • LCpl Anthony M. Leach, Lynwood, WA
    • Pfc Steven H. Bennefeld, Girard, KS

  • H Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • GySgt David S. Prentice, Anchorage, AK
    • LCpl Henry W. Bernard, Willimantic, CT (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Stanley K. Patrick, Grifton, NC

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Mar 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009