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 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
- 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

   Robert Bahr - james67b at

    Kim (Bailey) Mathis - DougMathis at

   Kirstin (Bakke) Lorenzetti - kdlorenzetti at

  Bettina (Barry) Smalley - bettina_smalley at

   Eric Bell - ebell at

   Paula (Berntson) Faber - paula_faber at

   Eric Beuerman - drericpiano at
- I attended 1984-1987 and graduated from HHS.

   Jodi (Bogard) Prohaska - Jodipro at

   Christina Case - MICKEY9117 at or tinker911 at

  Doug Cheney - doug.cheney at - added 6.27.08

    Jennifer Cleveland - jcleveland2 at

* * Theodore "Tim" Conley - myfamilysagent at
- I was in Heidelberg from '84 to '86 and ultimately graduated from
Bamberg American. 
- Tim's web site:

* * Todd Conner - t3conner at - 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
- I attended HHS my freshman year 1983-4.

   Stacey (Cowart) Vass - busiestmom at

   Karen (Cressy) Ford - karen1987 at - updated 7.24.07
- Attended all 4 years plus a year at Heidelberg Middle School.

   Robert Davis - robldavis01 at
- Attended from 1986-87

   Alyce Dawson - alycemdawson at

* * Alan DeVaughan - alan at
- Alan's web site:

   Kevin "Beaker" Douglas - krdouglas at

   Karen (Ely) King - lespalmiers at - updated 2.18.07
- Married to Rich King '87

* * Jennifer Frew - jlfrew at
- 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
- Donna's web site:

   Patrick Ginn - seelenfreunde at
- Patrick married Renee Raether (class of '88) April 28, 2003.

* * Kathy (Gourley) Moyer - kmoyer68 at
- I attended HHS from 1983 to 1985; graduating class of 1987.

   Michaele (Gregorakis) Morgan - micha_33760 at

   Steven Hansen - Steven.Hansen at

   Susan (Harmon) Rainer - srainer at
- Attended HAHS all four high school years

* * Myra (Helms) Crook - mycrook at - updated 3.11.09
- I attended Heidelberg schools from 1981 - 1984, then graduated from
Francis Howell High School in Missouri.

   Gus Hendricks - gustavehendricks at

   Brad Higham - matrixip80 at

  Brian Hodges - bhodges at
- Married to Shelly Barnes - class of '90

   Katja Hornbeck - baerli_maus at

   Jeffrey "Howie" Houwen - jhouwen at

* * Bryan Ikei - kolohe001 at - 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 - updated 2.18.07
- Married to Karen Ely '87

* * Natalie Klenk - Jokkerzwyld at
- Attended Heidelberg schools from 1979-83

   Heather (Kochaniewicz) Line - jandhline at - updated 1.04.07

   Kerri-Suzanne Kyle - one1crayon at
- I graduated from HHS & attended 1986-87.

* * Jay Lesseig - jlesseig at
- I attended HHS '83-84 - graduated at SHAPE, Belgium.

   Don "Chris" Lopez - dclowe at

   Leah Mason - leah_mason_0202 at

* * Nora (McCarthy) Van Speybroeck - noravs at
- Attended Heidelberg schools from 1980-1985

   Todd McCleary - trwdolphins at

   Brian McGarvey - gt0954a at
- Brian's web site:

   Melissa Meyer - mjmeyer28 at

   Michelle (Milhous) Stanciu - mms at

   Christine Morris - cmorris30316 at
- I also attended Heidelberg Middle from 1980-1983.

   Mike Mortensen - mmo at or mike-mortensen at
- updated 8.26.07
- I attended from '83 - '87, graduating in '87.  I'm currently living in
Fort Collins, Colorado.

   Sean Murphy - themurph4 at - updated 1.24.09

   Joseph Myers - Bojemoi at

   Laura (Nelson) Colonna - Laura.Colonna at

   Chad Newman - chad at

   Michelle (Parker) O'Hara - mimiosaurus at

* * Walter Persley - anaconda12268 at

   Michelle (Petschauer) Spillman - mspillman at
or spill615 at

   Rich Rasmusson - richrasmusson at
- Attended 84-86 wished I would have graduated with you all.

* * Rick Reid - rickstir1 at
- Attended Heidelberg schools 81-84, graduated HS 87.

  Melissa Rickman - deepindigoskye at
- I attended HHS from 1985-1987.  My website is:

   Karen Rodriguez - kl.rodriguez at

   Vann Ross - vnnross at

   Heather (Rudderham) Gillard - hrudderham at

* * Chris Sands - ctsands at
- 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
- 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
- Heidi's web site:
Married to Mark Goldman, Class of '88

   Michelle (Shaffer) Moore - moore6869 at 

   Jeffrey Showers -

* * Annette (Sieracki) Cruce - cruce at

   Jenny Singleton - jennyasingleton at

   Sara (Slovacek) Greene - mgreene at
- 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

   Kathy (Spencer) Spencer-Pike -
- I graduated from HHS in 1987 and currently live in Stamford, Connecticut
with my husband, Derek.

   Rasha (Stephens) Kowalewsi - danski89 at

* * Joette (Stewart) Longuillo -

   Sandie Stewart - Cntrdctn23 at

   Terence Sweeny - terence at
- Terry's web site:

* * Amy (Taylor) Prenda - aeprenda at
- 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

   Jason Twing - twingster at

  Christy (Waller) Hogan - chogan at - updated 6.27.08

   Geoffrey Wilkerson - geoffrey at - added 5.27.11

   Christina (Wilson) Bowers - cwbowers2002 at

* * Robin (Wisdom) Law - Law.Robin at - Added 9.29.10
- I lived in Heidelberg from 79 to 84 and then returned to Texas to finish High
School in San Antonio.

If you were a member of the Class of 1987 and would like to
be added to this page, please e-mail me, Cindy.  You did not have to graduate from HAHS to be listed!

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David G. Taylor, Jr.