Karl Gorman Taylor, SR (1939 - 1968)

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Birthplace: Laurel, Prince George's, MD, USA
Death: Died
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Karl Gorman Taylor, SR

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Karl Gorman Taylor, Sr. (MCSN: 1862790), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 8 December 1968, while serving at night as a company gunnery sergeant with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, during Operation MEADE RIVER in the Republic of Vietnam. 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, Staff Sergeant 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, Staff Sergeant Taylor, accompanied by four 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, Staff Sergeant 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.

Action Date: December 8, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company I

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF

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Karl Taylor, SR's Timeline

1939
July 14, 1939
Laurel, Prince George's, MD, USA
1968
December 8, 1968
Age 29
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Independence, Beaver, PA, USA