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First Name: Garland

Last Name: Taylor

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Rockwall, TX
Middle Name: B.

Date of Birth: 25 February 1918

Date of Death: 23 March 1945

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
Garland B. Taylor

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Garland B. Taylor
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

On 23 March 1945, then-First Lieutenant Garland B. Taylor was serving with the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, Seventh U.S. Army.

On that day, 1LT Taylor’s unit was in action against German forces while crossing the Rhine River during the Invasion of Germany. 1LT Taylor’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Arrowhead Pin, Silver and Bronze Star
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Garland B. Taylor (ASN: 0-1691713), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 March 1945. First Lieutenant Taylor's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 217 (1945)


First Lieutenant Garland B. Taylor is buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX, in Section Q, Site 125.


Honoree ID: 317094   Created by: MHOH




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