By Terry Kovarik
Lisa Krause went with her father, Marvin Taylor of Sturgeon Bay, on the recent Old Glory Honor Flight. Before they left, Krause learned that Taylor, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was involved in Operation: Kingfisher. Its objective was to hold back North Vietnamese regular armed forces in Quang Tri province. It lasted from mid-July through late October of 1967 and, as Krause found out, was one of the bloodiest battles of the war. She finds it hard to believe that her father is still here five-decades later.
Krause says her father never mentioned his involvement in the battle and his role in making sure fallen comrades made the final journey home. Krause is especially amazed that Marvin Taylor survived even though there wasn’t much waiting for him back home.
During the Old Glory Honor Flight visit to Washington D.C., Marvin Taylor paid tribute to those killed in Operation: Kingfisher by visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with help from his daughter.