US Army Staff Sgt. Cynthia R. Taylor, aged 39, from Columbus, Ga., died on 16th April 2011 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, along with four colleagues. An Afghan National Army soldier threw grenades at the group in a suicide attack.
SSgt. Taylor was a wheeled-vehicle mechanic, serving with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
She joined the Army in November 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2004.
Her awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge.
SSgt. Taylor is survived by her daughter Maggie, son Joseph and mother Judy.