RGR Eli Taylor
Thomas "Eli" Taylor was
born October 13, 1992, in East Point, Georgia. From an early age it was
his desire to serve his country and protect its citizens. He preferred
to spend time outdoors and target shooting.
Eli graduated from Locust Grove High School as a member of the class of
2011. His friends described him like an older brother: someone to look
up to, a fierce protector (one even nicknamed him “Batman”), charismatic
and loyal. He made a big impact with his infectious laugh. He was known
for lifting people up with his strength, energy, and riveting stories of
his Army/Ranger days. He was known for the love of his family and
friends, never to meet a stranger and willing to lend a helping hand to
After graduation Eli
entered active duty with the US Army. He trained at Ft. Benning,
Georgia. From there, Eli earned the privilege of serving with the 1st
Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Eli
deployed with the 75th Regiment to Afghanistan in support of the Global
War on Terrorism from January 1, 2013 thru May 17, 2013. During the
deployment, Eli earned the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Ranger Taylor was fatally injured in an auto accident on August 20, 2015 at
the age of 22. Eli was an only child and is survived by his parents John
and Michelle Taylor of Locust Grove, Georgia.
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