On Full Automatic: Surviving 13 Months in Vietnam, William V. Taylor Jr. ISBN: 978-1-7366216-0-8 (Paperback), Deep Water Press.
Bill Taylor has written a novel about his time spent in Vietnam during the War/Conflict over 50 years ago. This body of knowledge, about personal experience and the experiences of those who served with him, took Bill three years to write. The Vietnam War would be the last one to take place without Internet, cell and SAT phones, SKYPE calls. Any news to and from home were in letters, you know, the communication that is now called “Snail-Mail.” The last war where the enemy could be seen in front of your face and not on a computer screen as you might send in bombs or explosives to kill In the impersonal ways that wars have been fought since this time in history. When you read Bill’s accounts you can feel like you are also there, which may not end up being a good feeling for you…but remember so many of our young people were there and so many did not return and those who did come home would be changed forever. Thankfully, Bill Taylor survived to tell his story…..Carol
Eighteen-year-old Marine recruit William V. Taylor, Jr. and his brother Marines are assembled into a new reaction force that is immediately tested in the fire of a bloody conflict known as Operation Beaver Cage. After a traumatic first fight, they push through back-to-back operations with little time to rest or reflect. Those who survive will return home ensnared by everlasting memories of a real but entirely surreal nightmare.
Now, after more than 50 years of holding everything in, Taylor shares his experience in explicit—and often horrific—detail and with a reverent honor for those Marines who did not live to tell the tale. Taylor reveals what it truly means to walk the path of a warrior, to sacrifice, and to live a lifetime with the memories of a war—seeking answers to the question, “Was it worth it?”
About the Author: While Bill Taylor’s friends were at home going to school and dating, he was fighting for his life. At eighteen years old, Bill served in the First Battalion, Third Marine Regiment in Vietnam-a journey that seemed impossible to survive. For the battles they fought, Bill was awarded three Purple Hearts and his battalion earned two Presidential Unit Citations. World War II battle of that magnitude at Tarawa and Iwo Jima are well-known, yet few know of the hard-fought battles of the Vietnam War. Bill’s battalion participated in twenty-five combat operations. In On Full Automatic, he brings to light the bravery and sacrifices of so many. His platoon was wiped out several times , once leaving only seven of the fifty men standing. Every platoon lieutenant and squad leader was killed, wounded, or relieved of command. Staying alive became Bill’s full-time job.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.