The 1st Infantry Division Pays Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Capt. Larry Taylor, Medal of Honor recipient and former 1st Infantry Division Soldier, salutes during the Patriot Day and Welcome Home parade held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept. 11, 2023. The parade was held to pay homage to Taylor. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
The 1st Infantry Division Pays Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Principe, a member of the 1st Infantry Division Band, plays his instrument as he marches in the Patriot Day and Welcome Home parade held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept. 11, 2023. The 1st Inf. Div. Band took part of the parade to pay homage to Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Larry Taylor. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
The 1st Infantry Division Pays Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
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FORT RILEY, Kan. — Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division participated in a Patriot Day and Welcome Home Parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sep. 11, 2023.

The event was held in honor of Capt. Larry L. Taylor, a veteran of the 1st Infantry Division, who was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War.

“On behalf of the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. John V. Meyer, I just want to express to everyone here how proud we are,” said Brig. Gen. Niave F. Knell, the 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for support, who attended the event. “We are incredibly proud of him. We are proud that he wore the Big Red One patch during Vietnam.”

Soldiers of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, the 1st Infantry Division Band, and 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, marched alongside Taylor as he was celebrated down Market Street in his hometown.

The 1st Infantry Division Pays Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Niave Knell, the 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general of support, gives remarks during the Patriot Day and Welcome Home parade held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept. 11, 2023. Knell attended the parade to pay homage to Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Larry Taylor. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
The 1st Infantry Division Pays Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
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“It is an honor to be out here honoring him and to continue his legacy in the 1-4 Cav,” said Sgt. Jacob K. Newberry, a cavalry scout assigned to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. “I hope that we are able to make him proud and continue on his legacy.

"This is my hometown, this is where I'm from, and to know someone from my hometown who is a Medal of Honor recipient, and to be here and see him in person is absolutely amazing. It’s an honor to be here and I am proud to be a 1-4 Cav Soldier and be a part of Capt. Taylor’s legacy.”

On June 18, 1968, while serving as a first lieutenant and AH-1G Cobra helicopter gunship pilot with Troop D (Air), 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalary Regiment., near Ap Go Cong in the Binh Du’o’ng Province of the Republic of Vietnam, Taylor received a call for help.

A four-man long-range reconnaissance patrol team operating in the area north of Saigon had become surrounded and was under threat of being overrun by a large group of enemy combatants.

The 1st Infantry Division Pays Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Capt. Larry Taylor, Medal of Honor recipient and former 1st Infantry Division Soldier, attends a press conference following the Patriot Day and Welcome Home parade held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept. 11, 2023. The parade was held to pay homage to Taylor. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
The 1st Infantry Division Pay Homage to Capt. Larry Taylor
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In the midst of the chaos of battle, Taylor found the courage to support the recon team. After the team made their position known using flairs, Taylor and his wingman engaged opposing units in a series of low-altitude strafing runs.

Unwilling to let the Soldiers perish, Taylor decided to land his helicopter under fire so that the four-man recon team could climb aboard the rocket-pods and skids, a feat that had never before been attempted.

“Before we picked them up my co-pilot spun around and looked at me and said, ‘Well how are we gonna pick them up?’ and I said, ‘Just land and they'll be on this ship like another coat of paint,” remembered Taylor, whose actions saved all four members of the reconnaissance team. “When we picked them up my co-pilot said, ‘What are you gonna do with them?’ And I said, ‘Well hell I don’t know I'll fly them around and they'll jump off when they're happy.’”

Dave Hill, the last surviving member of the four-man recon team also attended the event.

“Who would have bet that any of us would have even seen the sun come up on the morning of 19 June 1968, let alone the dawns of another 54 years,” said Hill. “Words are inadequate to describe your actions, nor my humble gratitude, for the many years of friendship given you and me since then, so I will just say, thank you, sir.”