Corporal Tommy Lee Taylor was born and raised in Chattanooga and was the only boy in the Taylor Family of 13 girls. He enlisted in the Marines 25 October 1966, at the Nashville Recruiting Office. He was married to Martha and was the father of Rachel Taylor.
He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps, as a bulk fuel specialist in D Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division. His tour in Vietnam began on November 13, 1967. On May 5, 1968, Cpl. Taylor was killed fighting under hostile conditions in Quang Tri province, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old at the time of his death. Cpl. Taylor is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 55E, Line 33.

Cemetery: Chattanooga National Cemetery
1200 Bailey Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Buried At Section Kk Site 100


Photo courtesy; Tom Reese

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 23 December 1947
  • Date of death: 5 May 1968
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 3rd Marine Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
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