Photo Illustration of #VeteranoftheDay David Taylor

Veteran of the Day graphic by Nikki Lumbre

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran David Clarence Taylor. David served during the Vietnam War.

Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, David was drafted into the United States Army on March 6, 1969. After completing basic training, David was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as a tank machine gunner.

David was then deployed with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment to Vietnam. Prior to 1969, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment had primarily taken part in counterinsurgency operations. By the time David arrived in Vietnam, the role of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment had expanded to include infantry support and full-scale assaults against North Vietnamese positions. Over the course of his deployment, David took part in a number of operations all around Vietnam.

Upon returning home, David began working for the French’s Food Company, where he spent 32 years before retiring. In his free time, David was an avid bull rider.

David passed on Sept. 23, 2018 at the age of 69.

We honor his service.


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic by Nikki Lumbre

Nikki is an undergraduate junior at The Catholic University of America studying Anthropology and Asian Studies.

Share this story

Published on Mar. 6, 2019

Estimated reading time is 1.7 min.

Views to date: 73


  1. Julia carpenter March 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I’m so proud of you ❤️

  2. Robert Bostic March 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    We honor the service of Army Veteran David Clarence Taylor.

Comments are closed.

More Stories

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran John Williams, who served in the Air Force Band and is today a well-known composer of multiple music pieces.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Forces Veteran Charles Bronson, who served as a B-29 aerial gunner during World War II and later became a Hollywood action star.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Willis Lee Benton, a prisoner of war who survived the Bataan Death March.