As we prepare for the Donut Run Presented by Bernard Williams and Company and Auto-owners insurance i wanted to share the info on one of our heroes we will be honoring.

Corporal William (Billy) G. Taylor aka Catfish, USMC

Billy was a typical boy, active and into everything when he was growing up. Curious and a natural prankster, even when he was grown. He could always get me to jump by goosing me in the sides.

Billy joined the Marines following the September 11 attack on our country in 2001. He felt it was his duty to protect his family and country. After graduating from Parris Island, he was chosen to go to 8th & I Barracks in Washington, D.C., the oldest military installation in our country. He was a member of B Company and did parades and ceremonies in public in the Washington area. He was in the documentary by National Geographic Arlington: Field of Honor. Imagine my surprise when I saw him on tv one night after coming home from work. He was in the rotunda standing guard at the casket when Barbara Bush and Bush senior paid their respects to President Reagan!

He volunteered to go to Iraq when his buddies came back and told him about the children and people living in fear. He wanted to make a difference. He was killed while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq less than one month after deploying, November 30th, 2005. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina.

A prankster even in a battle torn country, his Chaplain said Billy could do things that anyone else would get thrown in the brig for. He kept his brothers’ spirits lifted during their time in Fallujah. He will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis.