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Age:   30
Hometown: Smithville, TN
Date of Death: 8/14/2005
Incident Location: Tuz, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: McMinnville, Tenn.

When Shannon Taylor came home for a two-week vacation, his mother expected his first stop to be Red Lobster, his favorite restaurant. Instead, he wanted to go to church. "He went to the altar and prayed. He said something told him he had to go to church that day. I was real impressed by that," Donna Pedigo said. Taylor, 30, of Smithville, Tenn., died Aug. 14 of wounds received the previous day in Tuz. He was based in McMinnville, Tenn. Taylor was bound for the military from an early age. He had role models in a grandfather who served in World War II and uncles and an aunt who were once on active duty. His father, William Taylor, called Shannon his fishing buddy. "He just liked doing what he was doing," he said. "I talked to him just before this happened, and he felt like he was making a difference." When Taylor's mother last spoke to him, he was in good spirits. One of the last things he told her, she said, was that his unit would be home in November. "He'll be here before then," she said.
Source: Associated Press
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