Taylor, William Henry, Capt

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Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1025C, 21st Special Operations Squadron - Dust Devils
Service Years
1963 - 1968

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Home State
North Carolina
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilson, NC
Last Address
Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
May 23, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Polk Memorial Gardens - Columbus, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
67E 003

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 Unit Assignments
56th Special Operations Wing21st Special Operations Squadron - Dust Devils
  1967-1968, 56th Special Operations Wing
  1967-1968, 1025C, 21st Special Operations Squadron - Dust Devils
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1958-1962, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  
  1967-1968, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
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Last Known Activity

On 23 May 1968 three CH-3E helicopters departed Nakon Phanom RTAFB on a close-hold mission - according to one report, they "on a classified ordnance delivery mission", according to another they were to deliver sensors designed to detect and track NVA forces. In any case, the area involved was near Khe Sanh, and the helos were escorted by a flight of A-1 Skyraiders. On arrival in the target area the helos dropped down through a hole in a nearly-solid cloud cover. Once underneath, the flight lead (Captain John H. McCollum in CH-3E tail number 66-13295) determined that the mission was not practical and directed the flight to climb back above the cloud deck.

The wing helicopters did so without difficulty, but visual and radio contact with Captain McCollum's aircraft was lost. Weather conditions pretty much limited search and rescue efforts to radio calls, and eventually the effort was called off pending improved weather. When the cloud cover broke up smoke from the burning wreckage led SAR forces to the crash site, which was located several hundred feet below the peak of a 5700-foot mountain. The aircraft wreckage was in two separate areas, with the bulk of the fuselage about 450 feet uphill from the aft-most fuselage section. There were no signs of survivors, and attempts to lower a search party to the site were foiled by heavy turbulence around the peaks. For the next three weeks Marine ground forces attempted to reach the crash site but were unable to do so. Although the crash was believed to be unsurvivable, the six men aboard were classed as Missing in Action.

US Air Force Capt William Henry Taylor, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Wilson, NC.

US Air Force Captain William Henry Taylor was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force Reserve, CPT Taylor served our country until May 23rd, 1968 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 28 years old and was married. It was reported that William died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. William was born on December 1st, 1939 in Wilson, North Carolina. CPT Taylor is on panel 67E, line 003 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 4 years.

Just to say you may be gone, but you are not forgotten. Thanks for what you did and gave so that my children could grow up in a free country, and not have to pay the price that you did. My "baby" is now a year older than you were when you gave your life for this country. I just pray that we aren't headed for war again, but if it comes there will be more brave men and boys as well as women that will also give their all for the rest of us. For this I am grateful. Love Betsy Baker Winborne.

I have a lot of memories of Henry. He was my 1st cousin. Our mothers were sisters. I remember one Christmas at our grandmothers when Henry and his brother, Mikie, went to sleep early. I was excited I couldn't understand how they could go to sleep. This was before his mother died in 1949. Most of my memories of Henry come after 1949, because after Aunt Beck's death he lived nearer and went to the same schools as I did. At one time his sisters Ann and Dot lived with our grandmother, Ada Catherine Bass, with whom my parents and I lived. Henry was a very bright young man and loved the out-of-doors and all sports. He excelled in Baseball and Football. He was a guard on the 1957-58 Championship Team at Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson, NC. He won almost every sport honor available his junior and senior years, and also was in all the academic clubs. He was also Stunt Night King in 1958. This was voted on by his peers. He then went on to The University of North Carolina where he also excelled in academics and sports, again winning many honors. From there he entered the US Air Force. The last time I saw Henry, he was home for his father, Carroll Taylor's, funeral. At that time he was leaving for Vietnam. Henry was lost in action, and for a while we didn't know if he was a prisoner of war or dead. He was survived by two older sisters and a younger brother, and his wife Anna, who is now deceased. Henry was buried in Tryon, NC, Anna's home. I guess it is true that "The Good Die Young". Henry was good, kind, thoughtful, talented, and well thought of by his peers and teachers as well as other adults in this town. He is still remembered and his abilities on the football fields are still talked about. 1998 marked his 40th class reunion from high school and he was still one of the most remembered and talked about class members, dead or alive. Many of his friends will tell you they have never had a better friend and still miss him. His sister, Dot Manning, had a son in 1973 and named him Henry Taylor Manning. I'm just sorry that Henry never had his own children. He would have been a great father. I sometimes wonder "Why Henry?" but, I know he was doing what he wanted and what he believed in and would do the same thing again. Thanks for the memories!!!!!Betsy Baker Winborne, Betsy Baker Winborne.

For all the joy you brought to the lives of all who knew you.....you'll be forever in their thoughts...and hearts.
A Friend of a friend.

My oldest brother. The Greatest Brother Ever. There isn't enough I can say about Henry. He was such a lovable person. I still miss him after all these years. It is wonderful to hear things about him from the people who knew him. He was 8 years younger than me but, we had a lot of fun together. We played baseball and shot marbles together. We lost our mother when we were young and this made us closer. He will always be my hero. He loved football and a helicopter so much. His love of football won him a scholarship to UNC. Ann Bissette, 8937 Buck Deans Rd, Middlesex, N.C. 27557, lbisset@aol.com

Friend. Humorous story. "Hank" as he was called by his friends in undergraduate helicopter pilot training liked to hunt. Another friend(Will Thayer) and I and Hank went on several duck hunts together near Wichita Falls, Texas. Hank was a good hunter and a great wing shot. On one hunt we got a bunch of ducks. Hank loved game and Will and I were bachelors and not the greatest cooks so we gave the birds to Hank. As we gathered up the birds after the hunt I told Hank we had 13. The next day when he dressed the birds he told me there was only 12 birds. I was sure I had counted 13 birds but didn't think anymore about it. About I week later he saw me and said. "Hey Paul there were 13 birds. My wife smelled this terrible smell in the closet and got to looking around and looked in my game bag and found the 13th duck". I only knew Hank a short period of time but he was the kind of guy you only had to know a short while to get the feeling he would be a life long friend. Although I never saw Hank again after we finished helicopter training I will never forget those hunts we shared Texas. Paul Mansur, 3885 Lois Drive, Hood River, Or 97031.

William Taylor was one of my T-33 instructors at Laredo AFB, TX (Class 63F). His abilities help all of through that year. Thanks. Neil McCutchan, lilmac33881@yahoo.com.

First Cousin. Always Remembered. I have so many memories of Henry I don't know where to begin. It is almost Easter and I think of the picture I have of Henry and 2 other cousins playing with the little chick I got for Easter. Henry was about 8 yrs. old. Kids are starting baseball now and I remember what a good baseball player he was, and football. Henry received many awards in school for sports and academics. He was liked by his teachers as well as his peers. I think the saying, Only The Good Die Young really fits Henry. Betsy Winborne, Wilson, NC 27896, bbwinb_1999@yahoo.com.

Henry was a wonderful young man. He played baseball and football at Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson, NC. He was awarded about every honor you could get in high school football (Shrine Bowl, All Stars, All-State Team, and Wigwam Wiseman's Prep All American team, as well as being named the most valuable player by his teammates). He was also active in many other high school activities and clubs, serving as a officer in most. He was liked and respected by his classmates and teachers. He was one of the most popular in his class, and a friend to all.

Henry almost went to the Air Force Academy, but chose The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instead. He also played football for UNC. After graduation from UNC in 1962, Henry entered the Air Force. He lost his life in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, on May 23, 1968, ten years after he graduated from high school. He left behind a wife, two older sisters, a younger brother, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is buried in Tryon, North Carolina.

Most people have heard of Henry Taylor. They know he was one of a very few boys from the Wilson Area ever selected to a High School All-America Football Team. What they probably didn't know is that there has never been anyone who deserved it more than Henry. Henry was not the natural gifted athlete you always hear about. He lacked the speed, size and strength to be physically overpowering. He was, however, a giant when it came to dedication and desire. He excelled in pre-game because he worked harder at it than anyone else. He played hard, but clean and remained a true sportsman. Yes, Henry was an All-American Football Player, but more than that, he was an All-American Person. Mr. and Mrs. Bud Batten.

He was the husband of Mrs Anna S Taylor, Box 986, Tryon, NC.

He served with the 21st Helicopter Squadron, 56th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force.

He was awarded Twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
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