1st. Lt. C.V. Taylor
in Michigan. I was attending
Tennessee State University in Johnson City when, for no earthly reason
I can think of, I decided to join the military.
Recruiting offices were in the
post office and as I walked in the door, a Marine Gunny in dress blues
grabbed my arm and pulled me in his office…the rest is history.
1965 in the old, wooden squad bay (DI put a red ribbon around one of
squad bay support posts – just like home). Made Pfc. and honor
at Parris Island, then to Pensacola, Fla. for Communication Technician
school. Made Cpl.
The CO took a liking to me and decided
I should be an officer. I was sent to OCS at Quantico, as a 0311
infantry Officer. I graduated June 1967, and then I was off to the
beaches of Viet Nam, about July or August or 1967. Spent the
at the airfield with F-4s roaring all night, which didn’t help you very
much to enjoy any attempt at a good nights sleep. That morning, I
took a truck (6x6), to Quang Tri, and then to 2nd Bn., 1st
The Bn. Cdr. told me where 1st Plat was, and I walked over to where he
had directed me to be in order to find them. I found about a dozen
Marines sitting around a hooch and asked them where 1st Plat was?
They said, “This is it.” They had just returned from operation
and were somewhat under strength.
I had the Platoon for about 6 or 7 months
from about August of ’67 through Jan or Feb ’68. I had them at
Tri, Con Thien and a little while at Khe Sahn, where I took over Hotel
Company, maybe Feb or Mar ‘68. Had the company on the night march
out of Khe Sanh, and for a while at Mai Tse Tai up on the Cua Viet
Maybe two months, like March, April, and May ’68. I became Bn S-4
for last month or so – I remember embarking the Bn out of Mai Tsi Tai
back down to Da Nang. Just a few weeks in Da Nang and I flew out to the
I stayed in the Corps after Viet Nam
and served as Company Commander, H&S 1/5, S-3 for 2/5, CO, MarDet,
USS Ticonderoga for 2 years, Instructor in the Leadership Department at
Quantico, Pacific desk officer in Plans Division at PP&O at HQMC,
Division at Quantico and retired as a LtCol from Quantico in 1991 (26
I have been the assistant director of
a police academy here in Fredericksburg, VA since 1991. I get a
of Marines getting out at Quantico who come down here to train as
And you know they are our best students!
Married, no children and have a 50 acre
registered Black Angus farm in King George, VA… So if you know anybody
wants to be a cop or wants some of the finest beef around, I’m the man