|Marines near the Matanikau River where Lt. Taylor started his patrol that earned him a posthumous Navy Cross.|
Harold Kirby Taylor could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 29, 1917 in Ohio. His parents were also both born in Ohio. By 1940 Harold was likely attending Union College in Schenectady, New York as a senior studying accounting.
He became a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division which surprised the Japanese when it landed on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942 and captured Henderson Air Field. On October 29, Lt. Taylor volunteered to lead a patrol into the area west of the Matanikau River. In direct view of the enemy, his patrol was able to destroy two enemy field pieces and withdrawal without injury. Two days later he lead another patrol, this time he was engaged by a dug-in, numerically superior Japanese force. He was able to get his men back safely, but lost his own life in the process.
Lt. Taylor was posthumously award the Navy Cross for this action.
His remains were returned to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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