From a very young age, PFC David Taylor Miller loved all things military. With a father who served in the Marines, the boy known as Taylor by everyone, filled his brain with just about everything to do with weapons throughout the ages, and when he was older, moved on to perfecting similarly themed video games. So when he graduated high school without a clear picture of what he wanted to do next, looking to the military was a natural next step.
"He knew [college] would be expensive, so he looked at the military as a way to get a start on his life and do something on his own; something entirely his and something he chose to do," said Miller's mother Leslie Miller.
Miller said once her son joined the army he quickly developed a plan. The short-term was to lose weight. The long-term was to work toward a career in Washington DC.
"He would stay in the army for a few years and then maybe move to DC where you can parlay that experience into a meaningful career; and then college," said Miller. "We were always after him to lose some weight, for football and because it was adventageous for life the army had all these requirements, so he started working out with the guys at the recruiting office and lost about 60 pounds by the time he went to Afghanistan."
The young man who grew up in Virginia, only recently moving to Wilton in his sophomore year of high school, was on his way to what his family knew was a bright future. Then, on June 21, 2010, Miller said she received word that Taylor had been killed in combat overseas.
Taylor will now be the second of two local veterans to have their names added to the Saratoga County Veterans Monument at Gerald B. H. Solomon National Cemetary this Veteran's Day. Maj. John Paul Pryor, MD, of Clifton Park, will also have his name added at the 2010 Saratoga County Veterans Monument Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11, at noon.