Chattanooga Native’s Valor Recognized Decades Later
Former U.S. Army Captain Larry L. Taylor, a Chattanooga native, will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House on Tuesday, September 5, for his extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War in 1968. This long-overdue recognition comes as a testament to Taylor’s fearless actions as a helicopter pilot with Troop D (Air), 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division.
Rescue Under Fire: Taylor’s Daring Helicopter Heroics
On June 18, 1968, then-1st Lt Taylor was part of a two-helicopter team dispatched to support a four-man long-range reconnaissance patrol team in peril near the hamlet of Ap Go Cong, Republic of Vietnam. Taylor and his wingman, both piloting AH-1G Cobra helicopter gunships, embarked on a harrowing mission that would ultimately define his legacy.
Departing from their Phu Loi base, Taylor and his wingman arrived at the contact site just northeast of Saigon a few minutes later. Their objective: To locate and rescue the besieged patrol team. What followed was 45 minutes of relentless and courageous action as Taylor and his wingman conducted low-level attack runs, strafing the enemy with mini-guns and rockets while braving intense ground fire.