DANNY JOE TAULBEE
Specialist 4th Class, Combat Aviation Crew Chief
281st Assault Helicopter Company
From: Lee City, Kentucky
Born: August 7, 1949
Tour of duty began on October 2nd, 1969
Killed in action on May 11, 1970 at
Pleiku, South Vietnam during
an enemy rocket attack.
On May 11, 1970, the 281st AHC established a forward operations base at Camp Holloway, Pleiku, RVN in preparation for aerial operations into Cambodia. At approximately 8:55 p.m. on May 11, the base at Camp Holloway came under enemy rocket attack. The rockets killed four crewmembers of the Wolf Pack gun platoon that were in their tent: Specialist 4 Danny J. Taulbee, Sgt. Scott E. Sutherland, Sgt. Joseph W. Cunningham, and Sgt. Daniel J. Vaughan. seriously wounded were 1st Lieutenant Jared H. Bahre and 1st Lieutenant Ned Heintz of the 1st Platoon (Rat Pack). Ned was immediately taken to the 71st Evacuation Hospital. There, despite the efforts of doctors, Ned Succumbed to his wounds at 3:20 p.m. on May 16, 1970. Jared was medically evacuated and he fully recovered.
Each of these individuals distinguished themselves as highly respected crew members and trusted friends to all, and they shall not be forgotten.
Danny J. Taulbee has been adopted by Jack Mayhew of the 281st AHC Association, who is preparing his "Book Of Remembrance" for the 281st AHC web site.
A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN
ONCE AN INTRUDER ... ALWAYS AN INTRUDER