Since the birth of our nation thousands of men and women, old and young, have served their nation to defend its interests around the world. Many have lost their lives either from hostile actions or lived a productive life after their service tours ended, and then passed away when it was their time to go to veteran heaven. Our nation first created “Decoration Day” to honor our deceased veterans, and then later changed the name to Memorial Day. All of these veterans are heroes in their own way as they all have stories to tell. Yet many went about their business without ever asking to be recognized by our nation. So on this Memorial Day many family members will be going to a cemetery to pay respect to their beloved family members and friends who either died in battle or from injuries suffered from war time conditions. When you have a moment on Memorial Day take a moment to reflect on these veteran’s sacrifices and say a quiet thank you for their service. You may take time to get on the website www.homeofheroes.com/moh/ and read some of the citations for past Medal of Honor recipients. Below is the citation for one brave Marine who was assigned to the same battalion as I during the Vietnam War.
He was a good man who saved the lives of several fellow Marines, and then gave up his life to take out an enemy machine gunner.
The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*TAYLOR, KARL G., SR.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company 1, 3d Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and Date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 December 1968. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born: 14 July 1939, Laurel, Md.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving at night as a company gunnery sergeant during Operation MEADE RIVER. Informed that the commander of the lead platoon had been mortally wounded when his unit was pinned down by a heavy volume of enemy fire, S/Sgt. Taylor along with another marine, crawled forward to the beleaguered unit through a hail of hostile fire, shouted encouragement and instructions to the men, and deployed them to covered positions. With his companion, he then repeatedly maneuvered across an open area to rescue those marines who were too seriously wounded to move by themselves. Upon learning that there were still other seriously wounded men Lying in another open area, in proximity to an enemy machinegun position, S/Sgt. Taylor, accompanied by 4 comrades, led his men forward across the fire-swept terrain in an attempt to rescue the marines. When his group was halted by devastating fire, he directed his companions to return to the company command post; whereupon he took his grenade launcher and in full view of the enemy, charged across the open rice paddy toward the machinegun position, firing his weapon as he ran. Although wounded several times, he succeeded in reaching the machinegun bunker and silencing the fire from that sector, moments before he was mortally wounded. Directly instrumental in saving the lives of several of his fellow marines, S/Sgt. Taylor, by his indomitable courage, inspiring leadership, and selfless dedication, upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.
Thank you SSgt Taylor for your devotion to Country, Corps, Family, and Friends.
Respectfully to all deceased veterans,
From The CalArk Team
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