View Full Version : Vietnam vet awarded Silver Star after 45 years

02-18-2012, 03:56
Better late than never!!



02-18-2012, 07:41
Congratulation to Sgt Taylor.. :lifter:lifter

02-18-2012, 08:43
Congrats Sgt Taylor.

02-18-2012, 08:58
Congratulation after all these years. A true "QUIET" professional.

02-18-2012, 09:40
Taylor was a Medic on A-302, 2nd Bn, 3rd Mobile Strike Force Command.

Congratulations on receiving your long overdue recognition. :lifter

02-18-2012, 12:02
He was at B-36 before me. Good job to whomever sponsored the bill to get him his Silver Star!


02-18-2012, 19:09
Great deal for him and for the Regmt....we've always had great soldiers....
I know damn well when the lights start to go out I'll be thinking of two things, one is private, the other will be of a team room off of Son Tay rd and the guys that made that place alive.

tom kelly
02-18-2012, 21:33
Congratulations Sgt. Taylor, and good luck. TK

02-19-2012, 03:39
It is no easy task assualting a superior force in their own bunker complex and taking it. The SS was well deserved. This is rare to get higher then a BSM after all these years. I was surprised at the SOA banquet this past year when certain pilots and crew received about 20 awards.

02-19-2012, 09:38
Congratulations Sgt. Taylor. Warm regards.

Red Flag 1
02-19-2012, 10:13
Congratulations Dr. Taylor! Long overdue.

RF 1

06-16-2013, 00:09
[Slightly off-topic] The article referenced COL Tom Myerchin in the last couple of inches.

COL Myerchin died last year in May 2012, almost three months after Dr. Taylor was honored; his USMA Obituary (http://usma1961.westpointaog.com/Myerchin.htm):
...He served as an “A” Detachment Commander with the 7th Special Forces Group in the Dominican Republic expedition and later commanded an “A” Detachment at Loc Ninh and a Mobile Strike Battalion (Mike Force) with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. While there, he also was assigned to the Phoenix Program. ...

I have a photo my father took at Camp Widder (An Loc / Hon Quan) in '66 or '67 which I will post on Monday. I saw the same photo in a book some years back and the caption identified the men as members of the Phoenix Program; the captain second from the right is CPT Tom Myerchin.


06-17-2013, 17:03
Sorry for this off-topic post in a thread dedicated to SGT Taylor. I tried to create a new thread in the "TAPS" section for COL Tom Myerchin (mentioned in the article about SGT Taylor), but I do not have privileges in that AO. Moderator, if not too much trouble, can you either give me temporary posting privileges or move this post?

I've attached the photo I mentioned last Friday.

The two photos were taken by my father, the book page .... "borrowed" from Shelby Stanton's Special Forces at War: An Illustrated History, Southeast Asia 1957-1975, p. 233
Online source (http://books.google.com/books?id=BzVZTafdeCoC&pg=PA233&lpg=PA233&dq=camp+widder,+myerchin&source=bl&ots=ONyEy7x_7Y&sig=-VqtYqhZk9qLVDJCkdRr5cGtpaU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9ZO_UanjL8mmrAH6zoDoDQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=camp%20widder%2C%20myerchin&f=false).

Although identified as "Operation Phoenix" my father responds,
...All of these guys are members of B-33. We were all involved in long range patrols, but I don't recall "Phoenix" being assigned to any of them. I have searched for the names, but can't find anything. The tall guy back left was our first sgt., the one on the right is Sgt. Pat Crowley. I can not recall the other names. I thought for sure I'd remember the 1st Sgt. ...
...I guess they gave the name [Phoenix] after I departed in 12-66. The [sanitized] ammo was standard issue for CIA and troops operating across the borders. It was designed so as not to point fingers at a particular government. We in Det. B-33 were not issued this ammo.

[follow up] This photo was taken inside our compound as you can see the water tower in the background. Left to right; Tom Morgan, S-1; 1st Sgt., ? , Tom Myerchin, S5; Pat Croley ( I misspelled his name before). Maybe after I print some of the slides, I'll have some more pictures. The names are hard to remember. I didn't take the fore-site to write names on the back of pictures after I was back in the states. Over there we didn't do it because of MI involved and there were no rosters like we had in Thailand.


06-17-2013, 18:49
Congratulations on a well deserved and long overdue honor.

Trapper John
06-17-2013, 18:55
Congratulations, SGT Taylor. Long overdue. {Salute}