Geoffrey Raymond Taylor

United States Marine Corps
30 December 1946 - 02 May 1968
Canoga Park, California
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Geoffrey R Taylor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Geoffrey Raymond Taylor

Dear Geoff,

It broke my heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
A part of me went with you
the day God took you home.
A million times I miss you.
A million times I cry.

If love could have saved you,
You never would have died.
No farewells were spoken,
No time to say good-bye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knows why.

If tears could build a stairway,
And heartaches make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven,
And bring you back again.

From his wife
21 February 2001

Remembering Geoffrey Raymond Taylor
30 December 1946 - 02 May 1968

I remember Jeff Taylor from Cleveland High School in Reseda, California from our school days back in 1964. Jeff was a good buddy to one of my neighborhood friends, Joe English, which is how I came to know Jeff - they both played on Cleveland's varsity baseball team. Not only was Jeff an excellent athlete, but he was a fun loving guy who had many friends - everyone liked Jeff. I'm sure Jeff was a top notch soldier and was well liked by his fellow Marines.

A few months after I returned from my tour duty in Viet Nam, I read in the San Fernando Valley Green Sheet Newspaper that Jeff had lost his life. I still have the newpaper clipping and I think of him often.

Bill Reynolds

15 Nov 2004

Jeff was a buddy from when we served together in 5th Tank Battalion. We all were converted to 03's and went to Vietnam in 1967.

I remember him as a fun loving guy, and think of him and our other fallen brothers often, even after all these years.

God bless and
Semper Fi, Jeff

Cpl Danny Bat
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 30 Apr 1968, a Navy utility boat (LCU-1477) was attacked by elements of the 320th NVA Division at the junction of the Bo Dieu and Cua Viet rivers. Given the importance of the rivers as supply routes to Marine forces deployed along the DMZ, the NVA had to be cleaned out, a job assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, reinforced by Bravo 1/3 Marines and with 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, in a blocking position at Nhi Ha to the northeast. That started a ferocious battle as the Marines kicked the NVA out of the abandoned but now fortified villages of Dong Huan and Dai Do. The last major fighting at Dai Do occurred on 02 May when the NVA retreated from the battleground in disarray, leaving 1,568 bodies behind. Fighting continued around Nhi Ha as the NVA tried to withdraw through the 3/21 Infantry blocking position.

The battles of Dai Do and Nhi Ha cost 114 American lives - 80 Marines, 28 soldiers, and 6 sailors - with hundreds more wounded. On 02 May, Echo 2/4 lost eight men at Dai Do:

  • Cpl Thomas E. Diefenderfer, Santa Clara, CA
  • Cpl Herbert L. Meads, Huntsville, AL
  • Cpl Joseph C. Pickett, Chicago, IL
  • Cpl Geoffrey R. Taylor, Canoga Park, CA
  • LCpl Roy R. Cram, Idanha, OR
  • LCpl Wallace B. Foard, Miami, FL
  • LCpl Humberto Reyes, New York, NY
  • PVT Jerry Fields, Lexington, KY
Geoffrey R. Taylor,
Corporal of Marines,
was buried on 21 May 1968 in Plot Q-1154,
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery,
Point Loma, San Diego County, California,
among other men of courage and integrity.

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