Philip Charles TaylorSergeant
A TRP, 3RD SQDN, 17TH CAV RGT, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
15 April 1949 - 27 May 1971
Grand Island, New York
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The database page for Philip Charles Taylor
REMEMBEREDby a friend,
Roger "Bear" Young
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 27 May 1971 1Lt Thomas W. Knuckey, pilot, and SGT Philip C. Taylor, observer, were flying OH-58A tail number 68-16888 as part of a battle damage assessment (BDA) flight operating about 8 miles southeast of the city of Snuol, Kracheh Province, Cambodia, where air strikes had attempted to destroy an enemy machine gun position. Knuckey's aircraft was hit by enemy fire as he passed over the target, exploded in flight, crashed, exploded a second time, then burned. Witnesses reported it as an unsurvivable crash. Heavy enemy activity in the area made a ground search impossible. Knuckey and Taylor were listed as killed, bodies not recovered.
The crash site was excavated in the early 1990s and on 26 Feb 1993 recovered human remains were repatriated. The Defense Department announced on 02 August 1993 that the remains of both men had been positively identified. They were buried together in Arlington Cemetery.
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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