Danny Gene Taylor

Danny Gene Taylor

Rank/Branch: E6/US Army Special Forces
Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Company
Date of Birth: 11 June 1939
Home City of Record: St. Louis MO
Date of Loss: 28 September 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 165115N 1063908E (XD760640)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 0476
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2020.


SYNOPSIS: SSGT Danny G. Taylor was the radio operator for Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces. On September 28, 1966, he was part of a reconnaissance patrol operating in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam when the unit was fired upon by enemy forces.

The patrol returned fire for about ten minutes, and Taylor was observed to be firing as well. He then put the radio on his back and made an attempt to jump off some rocks, and was hit in the back by enemy fire.

Prior to leaving the area, members of the patrol checked Taylor and found no pulse or heartbeat. Because they were escaping under fire, they were forced to leave Taylor’s body behind. Hostile forces prevented any subsequent searches for Taylor’s body.