|SSgt. Norman Robert Taylor III
United States Army
From Tiffany Taylor
"Things happen for a reason" or at least thats what I
have been told. In times like these it's really hard to believe that.
Even though you know it is dangerous over there you think to
yourself, "Its like the lottery, you know people win but you know it
NEVER gonna be you"
On that cold October 17, 2006 night on my way home from school, i had
received a phone call from my old roommate, telling me I had to rush
home. She is very dramatic so i didn't think anything of it. So on the way
over there i was talking to Lynda, his mother, about hotel reservations
for when Norman "Buddy" was gonna be home. It was two weeks away, so
you can only imagine my excitement. As i pulled up to my old place, i
patiently waited outside for another minute or two so i could finish
talking to his mother. As i walked up to the door I had a strange feeling. I
knocked. Very sudden the door opened. As i very curiously looked my
head in and took one step forward, i saw three young people in uniform. \
At this point i felt like mt heart was just ripped from my body and my
world had just ended. I hit the floor. That was the worst day of my life!
Even to this day it doesn't seem real. As the hours past and the day
came for the memorial i thought i would get closure. Bit u didn't. even
though this was a huge tragedy, it was one of the most beautiful things
i had ever seen. The processional to the service, and the people and
support was phenomenal. There were 1300 people at the service, that
doesn't even include the people on the street. There were flags, and
ribbons, and bows everywhere. I know that i am only 19,
but i can easily say that was the most touching scene I have ever seen.
As his family and I would say, "Norman would not want us to feel his
death in vain, he would want us to embrace the occasion and
remember him for all his accomplishments and memories."
So to all the men and women in the U.S. Army i say,"Thank you,
Thank you for all that you do, our thoughts and prayers are with
each and everyone of you!"
"FREEDOM IS NOT FREE"
ALWAYS REMEMBERED...NEVER FORGOTTEN
And as a wise man always told me,"Keep your head up, and smile"-Norman
Robert Taylor III
July 13, 2013
I love you and miss you bro. I know you're up there keeping an
August 04, 2010
Just a short note, I am so sorry for your lose...
I want you to know that SSGT Norman "Buddy" Taylor III is not forgotten, all of these years later
we still think of him and the huge sacrifice he made for all of us. We will never take that for
Jan 23, 2009
Fire Fighter/EMT #4461 Johnny R. Waterman EFD/Ehrenberg, AZ USN/USA Retired
I am a retired Viet Nam/Navy and Desert Storm/Army Veteran. I never new SSgt. Norman Robert
Taylor III personally but I am a member of the Ehrenberg, Arizona Volunteer Fire Department
I attended his memorial service and I was very deeply moved and touched. I have heard many
great and wonderful things about this very fine and brave young man. He was a man's man he
tackeled his duties as a Fire Fighter and Emergancy Medical Professional duties with a selfless
pride and professionalism as I'm sure he did with his fellow band of brothers in and around him
in all his military duties. He lived and served his life and gave his all for his fellow band of
military brothers as he did at his/our station. He was willing to sacrifice and give his life for his
country that he loved so deeply and bravely so other might live in this land of the free and
home of the brave. Long will live his memory eternally in the hearts and minds of all who knew
him and loved him.
I'll see you brother some day in the promised land. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that
He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have
Everlasting Life. So go forth son into that promised land, I will join you some day. All gave some
and some gave all oh you many, we Band of Brothers. Rest in Peace Norman Robert Taylor III I
will be for ever grateful.
Respectfully and Thankfully Mr.Johnny R. Waterman EFD/#4461
Dec 4, 2006
Hal & Cindy Hudson
Our son, Eddie, and Norm were the best of friends for
many years. Their senior year in high school (2003) was the most
memorable for us, because Norman spent a lot of time with us and with Eddie.
Towards the end of the school year, Norm and Eddie asked us if Norm
could move in with us. Wow, that was a shocker! We had a lot of
communication with Norm's parents, as well as, Norm and Eddie. Finally, we all
agreed that it would be okay, and there would be plenty of rules to live
Norm lived in our apartment with Eddie's other friend, Dustin, who was
also going to graduate that year. Eddie still lived in the house, but
spent most of his time at the apartment. We had our hands full, but
these boys knew the rules and did pretty good. Sometimes, Hal would have to
tell them that I would be doing a cleaning inspection on the apartment
and they would have to clean it up. I never did those inspections!
In May 2003, we were at the fairgrounds for the annual dance recital.
Norm was out of town visiting his Grandma, but said he would try to get
back in time for the second performance. When he got there, he told us
that his Grandma had given him her car for a graduation present. He was
anxious to show it to us and as we walked toward the parking lot, Norm
said, "Find the ugliest car in the parking lot." We couldn't find it,
because it wasn't ugly. It was a nice looking car, very clean! It was
ugly by the time Norm got through with it.
Eddie left for the Army on July 2, 2003. We still had his two best
friends with us. Hal (Fire Chief) managed to convince both Norm and Dustin
to join the Ehrenberg Volunteer Fire Department. They stayed pretty
busy, plus they got paid for the calls and meetings they went to. Norm
really was interested in SCBA diving and loved that part of it. He always
told Hal that when he came home they would go diving again.
Before Norm left in September 2003, to be a soldier in the Army, I
began taking pictures of all of the fire department volunteers for a
Christmas calendar that I was making. Norm wanted to be "Mr. April," since
his birthday was in April. His birthday was April 15th (tax day) and I'm
sure there were time when he was a very taxing child, but he was a good
kid who always looked for challenges. So anyway, April was Norm's month
and I gave him his calendar before he left. The day before Norm left,
we had a barbecue with the fire department volunteers. Hal presented
him with a plaque of "Appreciation" for his service to the Ehrenberg Fire
Norm was the fourth kid to leave our home, for the Army. He stayed in
constant communication with us. Initially, he sent handwritten letters
and called often. When he was in Iraq, he sent emails to let us know
what he was doing and he sent jokes, poems and prayers. We still have
those letters and emails and we will cherish all of the memories we have
forever and ever. We are very proud of all of our boys and their
service to our country will never be forgotten.
Thank you Lynda, Norm, Shannon and Neal for giving us the opportunity
to have a very special friendship and the memories of your son, Buddy!
Thank you Norm for being such a great "adopted-not-by-choice" son. We
Hal & Cindy Hudson & family
Feb 19, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
STAFF SERGEANT Norman Robert "Buddy" Taylor III,
October 17, 2006, KIA along with two others from 1/68th Armor Reg, 3rd HBCT,
4th ID. My sincere condolences to his wife, Tiffany, mother Lynda and
other family. Tiffany, that was an amazing tribute. Continue to stay
strong. Buddy, You Will Never Be Forgotten. Christmas in Arlington..
Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell.... Rod.
Dec 5, 2006
Always in our hearts. Great all around person. Norman died doing what he always wanted to do
and did it with so much pride and love. I am very lucky to have known such a great person and
to be able to grow up and be friends with a true American Hero. We love and miss you so much
Norman and so proud of you. Your the best brother, Son, Friend, and what I could tell from your
awesome wife, a great husband. We are proud to have you in our lives love and miss you
December 18, 2007
I WILL ALWAYS DO AS MUCH AS I CAN TO SUPPORT THE SOLDIERS AND TO REMIND EVERYONE
AROUND ME HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PEACE AMONG EACH OTHER .. WE OWE IT TO THEM
.. AND WE NEED TO RESPECT EACH ONE OF THEM FOR GIVEN US THE LIFE WE ARE ABLE TO
LIVE .. THANK YOU SSGT. NORMAN TAYLOR .. THANK YOU !!
There is discipline in A Soldier you can see it when he walks, There is honor in A Soldier you
hear it when he talks.
There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes, There is loyalty in A Soldier that he will
There is something in A Soldier that makes him stand apart, There is strength in A Soldier
that beats from his heart.
A Soldier isn't a title any man can be hired to do, A Soldier is the soul of that man buried deep
inside of you.
A Soldier's job isn't finished after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week, A Soldier is always A Soldier
even while he sleeps.
A Soldier serves his country first and his life is left behind, A Soldier has to sacrifice what
comes first in a civilian's mind.
If you are civilian -I am saying this to you.....next time you see A Soldier remember what they do.
A Soldier is the reason our land is 'Home of the free',
A Soldier is the one that is brave protecting you and me.
If you are A Soldier -I am saying this to you.....Thank God for EVERY SOLDIER
Thank God for what YOU do!
Jan 19, 2008
I just received my "Freedom Is Not Free" wristband from
ourfallensoldier.com and it came with Ssgt Taylor's name. I checked
his memorial and was happy to see that he was obviously such a loved and
caring person. I will wear the wristband and remember Ssgt Taylor with
pride. As a volunteer at my local USO, I see many soldiers going
to/from harms way and I pray that they all return safely and thank them for
having the courage to do what they do for our country. Thank you all.