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Old 6 September 2023, 16:21
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1LT Larry L Taylor

Captain Larry L Taylor, now 81, of Tennessee, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in rescuing a LRRP near Ap Go Cong, Bình Dương province.

Then-1LT Taylor and his copilot, CWO2 J.O. Ratliff, after exhausting their ammunition and low on fuel, landed their AH-1G Cobra and picked up the 4-man patrol who rode out on the skids and rocket pods.

Well done, sir.

https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/taylor/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_L._Taylor
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Old 6 September 2023, 18:54
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Bad ass

Taylor flew over 2,000 combat missions in Vietnam in the Cobra and the UH-1, was engaged by enemy fire 340 times and was shot down five times.
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Old 6 September 2023, 18:59
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Huge brass balls.

The team he extracted too, riding out under fire on a Cobra? Holy shit
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Old 6 September 2023, 20:59
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CPTAUSRET flew in that AO during the same time frame IIRC. Well done CPT Taylor, huge balls for sure.
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Taken from the Medal of Honor website.

VIETNAM
“Want me to take ’em back?”

June 18, 1968, then 1st Lieutenant Larry Taylor raced across the lush Vietnamese landscape in his AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter. With time limited and the mission critical, a beleaguered Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) struggled to fend off incessant, and overwhelming, enemy assaults. 1st Lieutenant Taylor, his co-pilot J.O. Ratliff, and his wingman Captain Roger Trickler, arrived at a scene of total chaos and immediately set out to provide much-needed fire support. The new AH-1Gs began expending their arsenals which raked against the forefront of the enemy onslaught and drove them to cover. Continuous and deadly fire rained from the choppers’ miniguns and rocket pods as the four members of Team Wildcat 2 on the ground regrouped and bolstered their defenses. The two Cobras, Dark Horse 32, hammered the tree line, but the flickering lights of their muzzle flash eventually gave way to darkness and the ominous glow of flares. Reinforcements remained out of range and the now silenced aerial bombardment piqued the enemy’s curiosity. Though the Cobras daringly swooped towards the now encouraged Viet Cong, it became clear that this was the last stand. Undeterred and with complete disregard for his own safety 1st Lieutenant Larry Taylor alerted Team Wildcat 2 to move to an extraction point he had chosen nearby. Guided by 1st Lieutenant Taylor’s landing light, the LRRPs made their way to the landing zone as the AH-1G bore the brunt of incoming enemy fire. Ten days earlier, 1st Lieutenant Taylor had undertaken a very similar mission: the extraction of a LRRP team while under heavy enemy fire. Yet in this instance a medical evacuation helicopter extracted the soldiers while Taylor provided devastating covering fire. For this action, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (one of four over the course of his service). Hovering above Team Wildcat 2, 1st Lieutenant Larry Taylor had no evacuation ship to defend and no passenger space aboard the sleek gunship to board the exhausted men. Regardless, Taylor landed the Cobra and directed the unit to grab ahold of whatever they could. With one final gnashing of teeth from Trickler’s Cobra to cover the action, the ground team clutched onto the rocket pods and struts of the battered AH-1G. With deft, yet gentle, piloting, 1st Lieutenant Taylor lifted the entirety of Team Wildcat 2 from the rice paddy and away from the spitting trees which sent red hot venom chasing after them.
Lrrp Team Extracted By Cobra Gunship By Darren Hostetter ©
Low and slow, the Cobra sailed over the lush Vietnamese landscape, this time with additional occupants safely aboard. With direction from another helicopter, 1st Lieutenant Taylor landed at a water plant five miles away from what would have been a decidedly sober scene. That is if 1st Lieutenant Larry Taylor had not gone above and beyond in the line of duty.

The original award bestowed upon the pilot for this action was the Silver Star, a medal which joined a litany of other decorations including the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two Bronze Stars, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, 44 Air Medals, among others over the course of his career. Over 50 years later, this daring feat is now recognized as deserving of the nation’s highest award for military valor; the Medal of Honor. A medal whose birthplace, like Captain Larry Taylor, is right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Old 7 September 2023, 20:28
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Well deserved. Over 2000 combat missions flown.
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Old 7 September 2023, 20:31
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CPTAUSRET flew in that AO during the same time frame IIRC. Well done CPT Taylor, huge balls for sure.
I thought of that when I first read the article. CPT A would’ve done the same.

Nice to see LT. Taylor recognized for his gallantry.
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Old 7 September 2023, 21:56
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DFC for an equally harrowing undertaking ten days earlier. (four in total, but he was on fire in those weeks)

This man's name should be on a building somewhere.
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Old 8 September 2023, 09:58
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This is quite the stud! Unbelievable bravery! Reading these stories gives me chills!
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Old 8 September 2023, 12:21
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DFC for an equally harrowing undertaking ten days earlier. (four in total, but he was on fire in those weeks)

This man's name should be on a building somewhere.
Absolutely, parks, streets, buildings...
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Old 8 September 2023, 14:54
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DFC for an equally harrowing undertaking ten days earlier. (four in total, but he was on fire in those weeks)

This man's name should be on a building somewhere.
Seems fitting to rename one of the airfields or heliports at Fort Novosel/Rucker for him.
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