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Lt. Col. James Danna, III, a battalion commander, pauses in memory of Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason during a memorial ceremony held in Baumholder, Germany, on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. James Danna, III, a battalion commander, pauses in memory of Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason during a memorial ceremony held in Baumholder, Germany, on Wednesday. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Lt. Col. James Danna, III, a battalion commander, pauses in memory of Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason during a memorial ceremony held in Baumholder, Germany, on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. James Danna, III, a battalion commander, pauses in memory of Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason during a memorial ceremony held in Baumholder, Germany, on Wednesday. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

A soldier reflects on the loss of Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason during the memorial ceremony at Baumholder.

A soldier reflects on the loss of Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason during the memorial ceremony at Baumholder. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Capt. Charles Cogger reflects on the loss of soldiers Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason at the end of a memorial ceremony held in Baumholder, Germany, on Wednesday.

Capt. Charles Cogger reflects on the loss of soldiers Maj. David Taylor and Spc. Carl Eason at the end of a memorial ceremony held in Baumholder, Germany, on Wednesday. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Friends, colleagues and family members mourned the loss of two 1st Armored Division soldiers killed in Iraq during a well-attended and somber service in Baumholder on Wednesday.

More than 400 people — many of them uniformed — packed Baumholder’s Good Samaritan Chapel to mourn the loss of Spc. Carl Eason and Maj. David Taylor, Baumholder-based soldiers who were killed by roadside bombs within a day of each other in Baghdad in late October.

Eason, 29, was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Taylor, 37, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Taylor was the highest-ranking member of the Germany-based division to die in Iraq.

Both men were native Texans. Eason was from Lovelady, a small community between Houston and Dallas, and Taylor was born in Texas. According to the Department of Defense, he lived in North Carolina.

Both soldiers left behind a wife and a son. They each were awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals after death. Eason was also awarded a Combat Action Badge, and Taylor received a Combat Infantryman Badge.

Lt. Col. Robert Cheatham, who commands Eason’s battalion, praised the soldier’s competence and dedication.

“Spc. Eason met the challenges of the war in stride,” he said. “... Spc. Eason was a professional soldier, interested in the task at hand, and he made a supreme sacrifice.”

Taylor’s younger brother, John Taylor, spoke fondly of him during the ceremony.

“Every person always had their special David stories to tell,” John Taylor said. “David was a big brother to me, a wonderful son to my parents, a loving husband to the love of his life, Michelle, and David loved his surviving son Jacob with all of his heart ... He was, very simply, a good, decent man."


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