Mark Randall Taylor, Vietnam War CasualtyPorter County Data on Vietnam War Casualties . . . .

Mark Randall Taylor
Specialist Fourth Class, B Company, 327th Infantry, 2nd Battalion
Date of Birth: July 28, 1950
Date of Death: June 2, 1971
Cause of Death: Killed in Action, gunshot/small arms fire
Hometown: Chesterton
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Panel 3 West, Row 62

Newspaper Notices:

Chesterton GI Killed In Vietnam

CHESTERTON -- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor, 422 Waverly Road, were notified Friday of the death of their son, Mark, 20, in Vietnam war action.

A 1968 graduate of Chesterton High School, he went to Vietnam in January from Fort Polk, La., where he completed basic training. He was a member of the Canine Corps and was to come home in November.

Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Larry, serving in the Army in Germany, who is coming home for a 30-day leave, and Loren, at home; and a grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Vengren, Chesterton.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 5, 1971; Volume 44, Number 286, Page 11, Column 4



CHESTERTON -- Services for Mark Randall Taylor, 20, of 422 Waverly Road, who died June 2 in Vietnam, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Carl Edmonds Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Lear officiating. Burial will be in Chesterton Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Thursday.

He was born July 28, 1950 in Gary, son of Robert and Violet (Neeley) Taylor. He entered the Army April 2, 1970, and was serving in Vietnam since January after completing basic training at Fort Polk, La.

He was a member of First United Church of Porter.

Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, Larry, serving with the Armed Forces in Germany, home on 30-day leave, and Loren, at home; and grandmothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Vengren, Chesterton, and Mrs. June Adams, Gary.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 9, 1971; Volume 44, Number 283, Page 1, Column 5

Note Concerning Death:

Mark Randall "Randy" Taylor and his scout dog had been operating successfully with the Bravo company of the 'No Slack' battalion, 2/327, 101st Airmobile, and was due to be relieved. The terrain was not affording a suitable landing zone for his lift out. Numerous hostile actions in the area convinced the company's commanding officer to send Randy and his dog on point for one additional patrol. Enemy soldiers lay in ambush and one jumped out from behind a tree, taking Randy's life instantaneously with a burst of AK-47 weapon fire. The dog had to be eliminated in order for aid to be rendered to Randy and recover his body.
Source: Lieutenant Gary A. Williams, Platoon Leader, B Company 2/327, 101st Airborne

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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