Sgt. Shannon D. Taylor
United States Army
KIA 14 August 2005, Iraq
When Shannon Taylor came home for a two-week vacation, his mother expected his first stop
to be Red Lobster, his favorite restaurant. Instead, he wanted to go to church. "He went to the
altar and prayed. He said something told him he had to go to church that day. I was real
impressed by that," Donna Pedigo said. Taylor, 30, of Smithville, Tenn., died Aug. 14 of wounds
received the previous day in Tuz. He was based in McMinnville, Tenn. Taylor was bound for
the military from an early age. He had role models in a grandfather who served in World War II
and uncles and an aunt who were once on active duty. His father, William Taylor, called
Shannon his fishing buddy. "He just liked doing what he was doing," he said. "I talked to him
just before this happened, and he felt like he was making a difference." When Taylor's mother
last spoke to him, he was in good spirits. One of the last things he told her, she said, was that
his unit would be home in November. "He'll be here before then," she said.

This Memorial Page Established July 3, 2007 by-
Donna Hewell

July 28, 2008
Martin Glup
In Honor Of Sgt. Shannon Taylor
I remember you had just been promoted to sgt. and had
called home to give your wife the good news.
A short time later the rocket attack came in over the burm. Your crew
was on QRF that night. And I seen you,Reese and Hawn come under attack
as soon as you all left out the south gate.I was standing on top of my
bunker and seen ya'll brave warriors exchange fire.
Your vehicle was second in line at the time of exchange.T hen you
boys took the lead as front vehicle. Shortly after that(which seemed a life
time)I seen the explosion.
I ran down off the top of the bunker to mount up with my 2nd
respond to your aid.
I will not describe the seen because it stays between us
brothers. But I will say that Sgt.Shultz-Sgt.Chambers Lt. Capps and myself spent 11
hours on foot on the ground recovering and securing the seen as the
rest of the troops pulled mounted security from the vehicles.
I just need to tell you brothers(Gary Reese-Ashbury Hawn)and you
Sgt. Taylor that it was a privilage to serve with you troops/brothers!!! I
love and miss all three of you. And that there isn't a single day that
goes by that I don't think of you guys.
I dream about that terrible night very, very often. And I am proud
to have had the Honor of serving,living and knowing you!
I also need to say that I am proud to have had the Honor of
recovering you brothers off that battle field ground. That was the toughest but
most Important thing I had ever done in my life. And I Love YOU !And I'm
sorry That I couldn't have been in your position for you.
The only thing that helps me with this is knowing that I'm saved by
the grace of God and that I know your in Heaven right now. And I know
I'll see you there one day and there WILL BE NO MORE PAIN OR SORROW.  
  32 DELTA   OUT!

Feb 19, 2008
SERGEANT Shannon D. Taylor, KIA 14 Aug 05 along with
two others from the 3/278th Armored Cav Reg, McMinnville, Tenn Army
National Guard by RPGs and small-arms fire.  My sincere condolences to
Shannons' family. Shannon, You Will Never Be Forgotten.... Say, Hooah to the
others up there with you.. 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.

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