Lt. Col. Kip P. Taylor
Hometown: McLean, Va., USA
Occupation: Adjutant general's corps, U.S. Army
Location: Ground, Pentagon
Lt. Col. Kip Paul Taylor's 16-year ascent through the Army ranks began when he received his commission from the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Northern Michigan University, a unit run by his father, Don.
A few months after graduation, Taylor was shipped to a base in Nuremberg, Germany, where he served for 3 1/2 years. The Michigan native returned stateside at the end of 1989 for a 15-month stint as an instructor at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. He was again sent on a foreign tour in 1991, this time as an adjutant for a task force in Honduras. After that five-month assignment, he rose to commander of a troop brigade back in Indiana, where he remained until the summer of 1994.
Taylor moved from base to base for four years before arriving at the Pentagon as executive officer in the Army's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel in July 1998. The 38-year-old career serviceman -- who enjoyed running, basketball and golf in his free time -- was serving as a military assistant in that office when he was killed Sept. 11.
"His office was on the outside ring and took a direct hit," Taylor's sister, Ann Zaenglein, was quoted as saying in USA Today. "There was nothing left of his office."
A major at the time of his death, Taylor was posthumously promoted to lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife and son.
Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com
The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.
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