Johnathan W. Taylor
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 152-11
DOD Identifies Marine Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Corporal Johnathan W. Taylor, 23, of Homosassa, Florida, died February 22, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
For additional background information on this
Marine, news media representatives may contact the 2nd Marine Division
public affairs office at 910-378-6193.
Like Richard Dubac, none of them knew the man in the casket inside the black hearse that rolled slowly past. But he was a hero, nonetheless, and certainly worth a few moments of their respect.
"All I know is that he was fighting for me," Dubac said tearfully as he clutched an American flag beside his wife, Caroline. "That's enough in my book."
Taylor, 23, died Febryary 22, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province in Afghanistan. It was his fourth tour of combat duty.
Growing up in Homosassa, Taylor had set his
sights on becoming a Marine. At Lecanto High School, he spent four years
in ROTC and attended a Navy Sea Cadet program. In 2007, he joined the Marines,
and was eventually assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment,
2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina. Taylor's mother, Deb, described her son as an affable and
dedicated young man with a strong sense of duty to his Marine unit. "He
was a good Marine through and through," she said. "It was the most important
thing in his life."
A public memorial service for Taylor will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lecanto High football field at 3810 W Educational Path, Lecanto. Taylor will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
TAYLOR, JOHNATHAN W
Posted: 26 March 2011 Updated: 7 May 2011
Photos By Eileen Horan, May 2011
Photos By Eileen Horan, February 2011