Taynton, Lewis Clark, COL

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1210-Armored Combat Command Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1955-1960, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army Financial Management and Comptroller
Service Years
1939 - 1965



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New York
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Home Town
Port Jervis
Last Address
Bradenton, FL

Date of Passing
Dec 27, 2002
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 French Fourragere

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Lewis Clark Taynton, Colonel, United States Army (Retired), a resident of the Washington, D.C. area during the 1960'S, passed away in Bradenton, Florida, on December 27, 2002.

Born in Port Jervis, New York, on September 17, 1917, Colonel Taynton had a distinguished 27-year career with the Army. He was a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II. Awards received during his career include: three Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and the Legion of Merit. During the war, Colonel Taynton served with the 70th Tank Battalion, earning eight campaign stars including the invasion of North Africa, invasion of Sicily, invasion of Normandy, engagements in Northern France and the Ardennes.

The battalion sailed with the 1st Infantry Division on 9 January 1942 for the French island of Martinique in the West Indies because it "was probably the only tank battalion combat ready for this amphibious operation". In February 1942 Company C was detached and sent for garrison duty in Iceland, with a new Company C being formed in May. Company A was detached later in the year, and landed in North Africa as part of Operation Torch, attached to the 39th Regimental Combat Team. 

The battalion landed in Sicily as part of Operation Husky in July 1943, and was withdrawn to England in November, where it re-equipped as a standard battalion with M4 Shermans. The former Company C (now designated as Company D) rejoined the battalion, giving it four tank companies.


The battalion suffered some casualties when during Exercise Tiger on an early morning of 28 April 1944, German E-boats that had left Cherbourg on patrol spotted a convoy of 8 LSTs carrying vehicles and combat engineers of the 1st Engineer Special Brigade in Lyme Bay and attacked.

On D-Day it landed on Utah Beach as part of the 4th Infantry Division, supporting the 8th Infantry Regiment led by Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.; companies A and B used amphibious DD Sherman tanks. It fought in the northward drive to Cherbourg, and in the breakout from St.-Lo, through France and into Belgium, entering Germany on September 13th. It fought in the Hurtgen Forest in November, and moved to the Ardennes in December, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. On March 29th 1945 it crossed the Rhine, and moved quickly through Germany, crossing the Danube on April 25th and ending the war near the Austrian border.

The battalion performed occupation duties until mid-1946, when it was deactivated; shortly thereafter, it was reactivated as a training unit at Fort Knox. In 1949, it was redesignated the 70th Heavy Tank Battalion and reduced to a three-company establishment.

Other assignments during his career included the Armored School (Fort Knox, Kentucky, Occupational Forces Command (Salzburg, Austria), Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), Armed Forces Staff College (Norfolk, Virginia), Base Comptroller (Fort Ord, California, Military Advisor for Financial Management to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Pentagon) and Faculty Member and then Comandant of the Army Management School (Fort Belvoir, Virginia) where he retired in 1965.


He was an Associate Professorial Lecturer in business administration of the off-campus faculty of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Laura Craig Taynton; two sons, Lewis F. Taynton of Sudley Springs, Virginia, A. Craig Taynton of Martinsburg, West Virginia; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His only daughter, Diane Carol Johnson died in 1984.

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 Unit Assignments
70th Tank Battalion1st Battalion, 39th Infantry 9th Infantry Division1st Infantry Division
4th Infantry DivisionUS Forces Austria (USFA)Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident CourseUS Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)Army Garrison Fort Ord, CADepartment of the Army (DA)
  1941-1946, 70th Tank Battalion
  1942-1943, 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry
  1942-1943, 9th Infantry Division
  1942-1944, 1st Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 4th Infantry Division
  1945-1946, 7616th US Forces Austria Command (USFA), US Forces Austria (USFA)
  1946-1947, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1947-1949, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
  1949-1952, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1952-1955, Army Garrison Fort Ord, CA
  1955-1960, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army Financial Management and Comptroller
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1942-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Battle of St. Lo
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)1
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington University
  1955-1960, George Washington University
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