|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1942|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1965, Vietnam|
SP-4 William J. Taylor, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Taylor, jr., of East Jordan was killed by a VietCong ambush with the "Big Red One" in Vietnam, the family learned today. He is the first area man to be killed in the Vietnam war.
His wife is the former Lousie Hebden of Central Lake and she works at a beauty shop in East Jordan.
They were married the first week of September shortly before he went overseas from Fort Riley, Kansas as a medical corpsmen with the Second Battalion, 28th Infantry of the First Infantry Division in October.
SP Taylor was inducted from Charlevoix county on June 2, 1964.
He wrote his wife just last week that he had met Gov. George Romney when the Michigan governor was touring Vietnam and had told him he didnt mind things too much--except the Army food.
This was at Ben Car, near the bloody "Zone D".
His parents own Taylor's West Side IGA Grocery in East Jordan.
"Bill" worked in the store with his father prior to his induction.
Sp Taylor was born at Charlevoix Hospital April 18, 1942 and was graduated from East Jordan High School in 1960. He attended a meat cutters' school in Chicago and worked at the store until his induction.
The East Jordan Police Department was notified by telephone from Detroit about 3 a.m. today of the death and the department brought the message to the family.
Surviving besides his parents and wife are a sister Judy Hotcolm who teaches at Alpena schools, his grandmother Mrs. Lyda Johnson of Charlevoix; his wife's parents Mr and Mrs John Hebdon of Central Lake; his uncle Mayor Fletcher Johnson of Petoskey and his aunts in this area, Mrs Ernie(Amy) Dietze of Petoskey, Mrs Allen Niswander of Walloon Lake and Miss Lee Johnson of Petoskey.
William John Taylor III
Home of Record: East Jordan, MI
Date of birth: 04/18/1942
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Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Specialist Four
ID No: 55773328
MOS: 91B20: Medical NCO
Length Service: 01
Unit: HHC, 2ND BN, 28TH INFANTRY, 1ST INF DIV, USARV
Start Tour: 10/07/1965
Incident Date: 11/20/1965
Casualty Date: 11/20/1965
Age at Loss: 23
Location: Binh Long Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds
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William D. Taylor (1912 - 1990)
Mary Ellen Johnson Taylor (1918 - 1994)
SP-4 William J. Taylor (1942 - 1965)
William John Taylor (1942 - 1965)*
Sunset Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 18, 2011
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