Major David G. Taylor, Jr.
11 August 1969- 22 October 2006
Major David G. Taylor, Jr., Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, 1st Armor Division was killed in action on 22 October in Baghdad when a improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle. Major Taylor was born August 11, 1969 at Fort Hood, Texas. During his father’s second tour in Vietnam, he moved with his mother to his grandparent’s farm in Apex, North Carolina. Although he spent most of his childhood in Heidelberg, Germany, he always considered Apex his home. Major Taylor began a life of service and leadership at an early age. At the age of 13, he was awarded the Eagle Scout, the highest Boy Scout award. Major Taylor was senior class president at Heidelberg High School, where he graduated in 1987. He went on to Davidson College, in Davidson, NC, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1991. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation. Major Taylor’s first assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Battalion, 325 Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC. There he served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and battalion admin officer (S1). While with the 82nd Airborne, Major Taylor deployed as part of the multi-national observer force in the Sinai, Egypt, and to Miami, Florida for Hurricane Andrew relief. Upon graduation from the Infantry Advanced Course, Major Taylor served at Fort Benning, Georgia as the executive officer of the Combined Arms Tactics Division of the US Army Infantry School, battalion operations officer (S3) of 29th Infantry Regiment, assistant operations officer (S3) for 1st Brigade 3rd Infantry Division, and commander of C Company, 1st Battalion 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. Major Taylor spent seven months in 2001-2002 leading C Company on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Upon return from Kosovo, Major Taylor married Michelle Thresher of Tampa, Florida. Major Taylor’s next assignment was as Operations Plans and Training Officer at Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia. In 2005, the Taylors moved to Germany where Major Taylor worked in the V CORPS Operations section (G3). In January, 2006 V CORPS deployed to Iraq where Major Taylor served as a battle major, a shift leader for the day to day operations of the tactical operation’s center for Multinational Forces Iraq (MNF-I). Major Taylor was blessed to have mid-tour leave when Mrs. Taylor gave birth to their son, Jake. Upon return from mid-tour leave, Major Taylor was reassigned to the 2-6 Infantry Battalion as the operations officer (S3).
Among Major Taylor’s military awards and decorations are the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leave Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Multi-national Observer Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Major Taylor is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management from Troy State University. He is survived by his wife, Michelle; son, Jake; parents, David and Kay; brother, John; and grandmother, Doris Overman. Funeral details are available from the Apex Funeral Home at 919-362-8233 or online at www.apexfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you thank a military service member, fire fighter, or police officer for their contributions to their community and nation.
A funeral service was held 11:00 am Thursday, November 2, 2006 at Olive Chapel Baptist Church, 600 Olive Chapel - New Hill Rd., Apex, NC. Burial was in the church cemetery with Full Military Honors.
Juli (Adams) Patrick - jarp109 at verizon.net
- I attended HHS from 1985 to 1987 and would love to hear from former class mates. Also I went back to Heidelberg last year (2005) and a lot of things have changed since 2001 around the headquarters and housing.
Jon Arriola - jarriola11 at yahoo.com
Robert Bahr - james67b at yahoo.com
Kim (Bailey) Mathis - DougMathis at email.msn.com
Kirstin (Bakke) Lorenzetti - kdlorenzetti at aol.com
Bettina (Barry) Smalley - bettina_smalley at yahoo.com
Eric Bell - ebell at hsmfl.us
Paula (Berntson) Faber - paula_faber at yahoo.com
Eric Beuerman - drericpiano at sbcglobal.net
- I attended 1984-1987 and graduated from HHS.
Jodi (Bogard) Prohaska - Jodipro at hotmail.com
Christina Case - MICKEY9117 at aol.com or tinker911 at hotmail.com
Doug Cheney - doug.cheney at iti-global.com - added 6.27.08
Jennifer Cleveland - jcleveland2 at earthlink.net
* * Theodore "Tim" Conley - myfamilysagent at hotmail.com
- I was in Heidelberg from '84 to '86 and ultimately graduated from Bamberg American.
* * Todd Conner - t3conner at yahoo.com - added 5.07.11
- I lived in Heidelberg from fall 1982-summer 1985. We moved from Athens Greece, where the family was stationed from early 1980-mid 1982 (my brother had a bad accident, and we were relocated to be close to the hospital in Frankfurt). I lived in Sandhausen townhome quarters, and attended H.H.S from 1983-84 (freshman) to 1984-85. I started school at the middle school at Mark Twain Village in 1982. I played Panthers football, and league baseball for a few years also. Dad was the Commander of the Airfield. I worked at the Commissary as a bagger, the Golf course as a Mower, and the airfield in the summer (to keep me out of trouble:) I currently live in Keller , TX with my wife of 9 years, and 4 year old daughter.
* * Fred Cooper - FCooper at VertisInc.com
- I attended HHS my freshman year 1983-4.
Stacey (Cowart) Vass - busiestmom at yahoo.com
Karen (Cressy) Ford - karen1987 at yahoo.com - updated 7.24.07
- Attended all 4 years plus a year at Heidelberg Middle School.
Robert Davis - robldavis01 at msn.com
- Attended from 1986-87
Alyce Dawson - alycemdawson at yahoo.com
* * Alan DeVaughan - alan at devaughan.com
Kevin "Beaker" Douglas - krdouglas at yahoo.com
Karen (Ely) King - lespalmiers at carolina.rr.com - updated 2.18.07
- Married to Rich King '87
* * Jennifer Frew - jlfrew at hughes.net
- I lived in Heidelberg '82-'85/ 8th, 9th, 10th grades for me. I see a lot of old friends on the web site. I loved the years in Heidelberg, and I still wish I had stayed to graduate with my friends in '87.
Donna (Gebhard) Speckhard - speckhard at aol.com
- Patrick married Renee Raether (class of '88) April 28, 2003.
* * Kathy (Gourley) Moyer - kmoyer68 at hotmail.com
- I attended HHS from 1983 to 1985; graduating class of 1987.
Michaele (Gregorakis) Morgan - micha_33760 at yahoo.com
Steven Hansen - Steven.Hansen at mountainhome.af.mil
Susan (Harmon) Rainer - srainer at yahoo.com
- Attended HAHS all four high school years
* * Myra (Helms) Crook - mycrook at centurytel.net - updated 3.11.09
- I attended Heidelberg schools from 1981 - 1984, then graduated from Francis Howell High School in Missouri.
Gus Hendricks - gustavehendricks at bresnan.net
Brad Higham - matrixip80 at hotmail.com
Brian Hodges - bhodges at nc.rr.com
- Married to Shelly Barnes - class of '90
Katja Hornbeck - baerli_maus at hotmail.com
Jeffrey "Howie" Houwen - jhouwen at swbell.net
* * Bryan Ikei - kolohe001 at hawaii.rr.com - added 12.18.08
- I was around that area from 1979 till 1984. Instead of graduating from HHS in 1987, the Army sent us to S.Carolina for a year then back home to the wonderful island of Oahu. I finished my last 2 years at McKinley H.S.graduating in 1987. Spent over a decade with the Hawaii Air National Guard before deciding to get my commission with the Army N.G. then deployed to Iraq, more specifically, LSA Anaconda, Balad as an Intelligence Officer. I returned home to Hawaii in 2005 after spending close to a year in the desert. I am currently working for the federal government and still perform duties with the Army N.G.
Rich King - - lespalmiers at carolina.rr.com - updated 2.18.07
- Married to Karen Ely '87
* * Natalie Klenk - Jokkerzwyld at cs.com
- Attended Heidelberg schools from 1979-83
Heather (Kochaniewicz) Line - jandhline at comcast.net - updated 1.04.07
Kerri-Suzanne Kyle - one1crayon at yahoo.com
- I graduated from HHS & attended 1986-87.
* * Jay Lesseig - jlesseig at gmail.com
- I attended HHS '83-84 - graduated at SHAPE, Belgium.
Don "Chris" Lopez - dclowe at yahoo.com
Leah Mason - leah_mason_0202 at hotmail.com
* * Nora (McCarthy) Van Speybroeck - noravs at sbcglobal.net
- Attended Heidelberg schools from 1980-1985
Todd McCleary - trwdolphins at yahoo.com
Brian McGarvey - gt0954a at prism.gatech.edu
Melissa Meyer - mjmeyer28 at aol.com
Michelle (Milhous) Stanciu - mms at stanciu.com
Christine Morris - cmorris30316 at yahoo.com
- I also attended Heidelberg Middle from 1980-1983.
Mike Mortensen - mmo at fc.hp.com or mike-mortensen at comcast.net
- updated 8.26.07 - I attended from '83 - '87, graduating in '87. I'm currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sean Murphy - themurph4 at hotmail.com - updated 1.24.09
Joseph Myers - Bojemoi at aol.com
Laura (Nelson) Colonna - Laura.Colonna at Perdue.com
Chad Newman - chad at chadnewman.com
Michelle (Parker) O'Hara - mimiosaurus at aol.com
* * Walter Persley - anaconda12268 at yahoo.com
Michelle (Petschauer) Spillman - mspillman at ecommunity.com
or spill615 at insightbb.com
Rich Rasmusson - richrasmusson at hotmail.com
- Attended 84-86 wished I would have graduated with you all.
* * Rick Reid - rickstir1 at yahoo.com
- Attended Heidelberg schools 81-84, graduated HS 87.
Melissa Rickman - deepindigoskye at hotmail.com
Karen Rodriguez - kl.rodriguez at verizon.net
Vann Ross - vnnross at yahoo.com
Heather (Rudderham) Gillard - hrudderham at latestdevelopments.ca
* * Chris Sands - ctsands at tfn.net
- I attended HHS until the end of my sophomore year and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA. I attend James Madison University and Florida State University and currently live in Tallahassee, FL.
Patrick Savage - patrickssavage at hotmail.com
- I am now a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps, living with my wife Marnie in Arlington, VA.
Heidi (Schneider) Goldman - monkeymama at keeperofthedragons.net
Married to Mark Goldman, Class of '88 Michelle (Shaffer) Moore - moore6869 at yahoo.com
Jeffrey Showers - Lilbitnphx@aol.com
* * Annette (Sieracki) Cruce - cruce at nerdvana.fu.com
Jenny Singleton - jennyasingleton at yahoo.com
Sara (Slovacek) Greene - mgreene at vol.com
- I was there for part of the 8th grade and all four years of high school. I graduated in 1987. Am now in North Carolina, would love to hear from old classmates.
Shel (Snodgrass) Polzin - shelp at speakeasy.net
Kathy (Spencer) Spencer-Pike - Katherine.A.Spencer-Pike@pfizer.com
- I graduated from HHS in 1987 and currently live in Stamford, Connecticut with my husband, Derek.
Rasha (Stephens) Kowalewsi - danski89 at comcast.net
* * Joette (Stewart) Longuillo - email@example.com
Sandie Stewart - Cntrdctn23 at aol.com
Terence Sweeny - terence at sweeny.com
* * Amy (Taylor) Prenda - aeprenda at alltel.net
- I attended HHS from 1983-1985, and was in the middle school for a year before that.
* * Cynthia (Threadgill) Marquez -
- I attended Heidelberg schools from 1980-1984 but graduated in the States.
Julius Tsai - julius.tsai at gmail.com
Jason Twing - twingster at hotmail.com
Christy (Waller) Hogan - chogan at conwaycorp.net - updated 6.27.08
Geoffrey Wilkerson - geoffrey at mgwnet.com - added 5.27.11
Christina (Wilson) Bowers - cwbowers2002 at yahoo.com
* * Robin (Wisdom) Law - Law.Robin at jobcorps.org - Added 9.29.10
- I lived in Heidelberg from 79 to 84 and then returned to Texas to finish High School in San Antonio.