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News | Sept. 12, 2023

Former Big Red One Soldier receives Medal of Honor

By 1ID Public Affairs

RELEASE NO. 23-020

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On September 11, 2023, Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division were invited to participate in the Patriot Day and Welcome Home Parade for former Big Red One Soldier, Capt. Larry Taylor, our country's newest Medal of Honor recipient. Capt. Taylor received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during a brave rescue mission where he saved four men surrounded by enemy gunfire in 1968.

Leaders and Soldiers from 1ID came together with the Chattanooga community and past Medal of Honor recipients to express their gratitude to Capt. Taylor on Sept. 11th: A day we honor the memory of those lost and pay tribute to all the patriots and their families who have sacrificed their lives for freedom.

“Our Soldiers are brave, responsible, and on-point for the nation, Capt. Taylor is a role model for all our Soldiers serving now,” said Brig. Gen. Niave Knell, the 1ID deputy commanding general of support. “From World War One that took place in Europe to the present day, 1ID has supported our Allies in the fight against enemy aggression. We are so proud to have Capt. Taylor as part of the Big Red One.”

The 1st Infantry Division is the historic “Fighting First,” a division that takes the time to mentor, train, and prepare leaders like Capt. Taylor: Leaders who will move forward in their Army careers and accomplish amazing things. 1ID continues to take strides to mold Soldiers who go above and beyond in service to this country.

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