Based: Vicenza, Italy
1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: September 26, 2007
Sarobi district, Afghanistan
Hometown: Cameron Park
High School: Ponderosa High (Shingle Springs)
From the LA Times:
Family and friends said he had been alert and appeared to be doing well, but his condition took a turn for the worse a few days ago.
"Everyone is just stunned," said Jean Carey, a neighbor and longtime family friend. "We really thought he was going to make it."
But Mathew Taylor did, because he wanted to honor his late father, Richard, an Army veteran who died in a car accident in 2003, the year before he graduated from Ponderosa High School.
Army Specialist Mathew D. Taylor previously remembered at Boom3 on Sunday, September 26, 2010.