Park dedication to remember fallen Macon soldier

Decades after he died in Vietnam, Pfc. Calvin Leroy Taylor will be remembered with a park at his old home’s site.

The Private First Class Calvin Leroy Taylor Memorial Park will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Macon’s Stinsonville Overlook neighborhood. The new park, at 3318 Brooklyn Ave., was created this year after family members asked for the park.

Taylor’s parents signed him up for the U.S. Army when he was 17 years old. Word came just months later that he had been killed in action May 18, 1967, The Telegraph reported.

A Macon City Council resolution states that “during the years of 1966-1971 each house in Stinsonville had at least one son who faithfully served in the United States military and all returned home safely except for PFC Taylor.”

Speakers and guests at Saturday’s dedication include family members and representatives from a neighborhood association, Stinsonville Baptist Church, VFW Post 9707 and the city of Macon. A reception is scheduled for after the ceremony.

Taylor received the Purple Heart posthumously.