Mattingly and Taylor

Staff Sergeant Sylvester Mattingly -- Private Harold Louis Taylor

Submitted by: William P. “Pat” Hartlage ,

Staff Sergant Sylvester "Beck" Mattingly, son of Mr. C. C. Mattingly, of Knottsville, and Pvt. Harold Louis Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Taylor, Livermore Road, were killed in action in the European theater of war, according to word received from the War Department.

The two heroes are graduates of the Daviess County High School , Sgt. Mattingly being a graduate of the 1934 class, and Pvt. Taylor of the 1929 class.  They are the fifth and sixth alumni of the school to give their lives for their county.

Sgt. Mattingly, who was with an infantry unit, was killed in action in Southern France on November 20, according to word received by his sister, Mrs. D. E. Roby, of Owensboro , on December 6.

He volunteered for service in the U. S. Army, February 28, 1941.  He was first sent to Ft. Lewis , Washington , and from there to Ft. Ord , California , and then to Camp Pickett , Virginia .  He was then sent overseas and landed in French Morocco about November 9, 1942.  From the battlefields of Africa he went to Sicily , and from there to Italy where he was seriously wounded September 29, 1943.  He was sent to a hospital in North Africa where he spent three months, and from there was sent back to his division.  He was again wounded, but slightly, and remained for treatment in a hospital in Italy .  He rejoined his comrades in Southern Italy, and was with them in Southern France where he was fatally wounded.

He is survived by his father, six sisters and five brothers:  Mrs. D. E. Roby and Mrs. Nannie Mae Higdon, Owensboro ; Mrs. Kate Dishman, Detroit ; Mrs. Mary Calahan [sic – Callahan] and Mrs. Helen Abel, Louisville ; Mrs. Pauline Aull, Knottsville; Garland and Eugene Mattingly, Louisville ; Casper and Joseph Mattingly, Knottsville; Eugene Mattingly, Louisville ; and Herman Mattingly, Owensboro .

Pvt. Taylor died of wounds received in action in Germany on November 27.  His family was first advised that he was seriously wounded and later were informed that he had died the same day he was wounded.  He entered the service on March 29, 1944, was in the infantry, and for six weeks prior to his death was in heavy combat in Northern Germany .

Before entering the service Pvt. Taylor was a maintenance mechanic for Ken-Rad.  He was a member of the Third Baptist Church .

Survivors in addition to his parents are three brothers, Randall Taylor and J. T. Taylor, of Owensboro , and Capt. Francis Taylor, U. S. Army, somewhere overseas.



Daviess County, Kentucky