Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1015 Sgt. (Ret.) Dan Taylor was among 29 veterans who recently went on a virtual HonorAir flight in Knoxville, Tenn., for veterans who couldn’t physically make the journey to Washington, D.C., to see the war memorials.
As a young man, Taylor worked for “the syndicate” in Chicago , and enlisted in the Marines upon a judge’s ultimatum. He served eight years, with two tours in Vietnam as a sniper from 1965-1969. On the second tour, Taylor earned a Purple Heart during the Tet Offensive; he has five in all, plus a Presidential Unit Citation.
Hundreds of supporters appeared to thank the veterans for their service before they boarded the virtual “flight” to Washington, D.C. The veterans then took a virtual tour of the Air Force Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, WWII Memorial and Tomb of the Unknowns.
A longtime PTSD sufferer, Taylor told the Crossville Chronicle that the ceremony finally made him feel like his service was appreciated. “I loved it,” he said. “I’m glad I went. No matter what happened to me, I would do it all again for this country.”