KIA October 13, 2011
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Army SFC Houston Taylor died October 13, 2011,when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire while he was on foot patrol in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Houston Taylor grew up in Azle, Texas and graduated from Azle High School in 2004. He joined the Army in May 2005 and married his high school sweetheart, Kelsey, when he returned on leave the following September. His mother, Renee Cremean, said he was destined for the service from the time he was 9 or 10 years old. She knew by the way he played. “When other kids played soldier, they said, ‘I’m going to get my gun,’ but Houston would say, ‘I’m going to get my weapon.’ He loved serving his country. He was very protective of the soldiers under him.”
His wife, Kelsey, said her husband was “a very good dad” to their son, Rylan, 4, and daughter, Avery, 1. “He was very strong, and never complained about anything he had to do,” she said. During his last call home, Sgt. Taylor told his wife that he wouldn’t be able to talk with her for around 10 days. “I asked him if I should be scared – I always ask that when he can’t call me for a while,” she said. “He said ‘No, because I’m not.’
“I love you” were the last words we said to each other.
SFC Taylor has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.
SFC Houston Taylor was 25 years old from Azle, Texas
Original portrait was presented July 4, 2014 to his family during the Independence Day celebration at FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas.