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At the time of below's action, Stokes was attached to Battery A, 80th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
Corporal Stokes M. Taylor - Distinguished Service Cross Recipient
Corporal STOKES M. TAYLOR, 34192689, Coast Artillery Corps, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with the military operations against an armed enemy near Trois Ponts, Belgium on 21 December 1944.
Corporal Taylor's anti-tank squad was in position on a hill covering the road leading into Trois Ponts, Belgium. At approximately 1400 hours on 21 December 1944, the enemy launched a savage attack against the hill. Corporal Taylor's gun was put out of action by enemy fire during this enemy advance. Seizing a Browning Automatic Rifle and ammunition, Corporal Taylor ordered his men to fall back, while he took up a position on the road and covered their withdrawal by fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, and with full knowledge of the overwhelming odds against him, Corporal Taylor raked the hillside with intense and accurate fire which prevented the enemy from gaining the edge of the woods to fire on his anti-tank squad as they effected their withdrawal. After his ammunition was exhausted, Corporal Taylor was seen to be hit by enemy rifle fire.
His unfailing courage and leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and won the admiration and respect of all who witnessed his actions.
Stokes' the son of John Hart Taylor and Lilly Arrowood. His younger brother Jim is listed as missing in action during the Battle of Savo Island while serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Quincy (CA-39). Jim has a memorial marker at the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Mountain Home, Tennessee and is also listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines. Two other brothers: Ben and David both served in the United States Army during World War II.
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