Name: William P. Tallaferno
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E4
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 04-February-68
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 155500 North  100200 East
Status (in 1973): Escapee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.


No further information available at this time.

William P. Taliaferro ( name listed as Tallaferno, per PMSEA…that spelling is incorrect, per his actual military records)



Good Afternoon,

Found more information about correct spelling of last name for Taliaferro, William P.

DPMO:  http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/vietnam/reports/documents/pmsea_info_t056.htm 

Died Dec 12, 1992:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/264712/DEATH-WILLIAM-P-TALIAFERRO.html?pg=all  Obituary which shows he awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for Valor durng his Marine Career - a retired Marine. 

Buried Utah State Veterans Memorial Park:  See http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49095626 for gravemarker with last name of Taliaferro.

Link:  http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=27992   Bronze Star with V and confirms UNIT:


William Patrick Taliaferro (AKA: Tallaferno)

Home of record: Los Angeles California
Status: POW

William Taliaferro (Tallaferno) was interned as a Prisoner of War in South Vietnam after he was captured on February 6, 1968 and was held until his escape six days later on February 12.


Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Corporal William Patrick Taliaferro (AKA: Tallaferno) (MCSN: 2297283), United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division. On 6 February 1968, Corporal Taliaferro's company became engaged with a large North Vietnamese Army force in Quang Nam Province and sustained several casualties. Alertly observing a wounded Marine lying within a few feet of an enemy position, Corporal Taliaferro left his covered position and began maneuvering toward the casualty. As he approached to within ten meters of the injured man, he was wounded and dragged into a hostile emplacement by two North Vietnamese soldiers. A few days later, exhibiting bold initiative and resolute determination, he escaped from the enemy forces and returned to his unit. Corporal Taliaferro's courage, exceptional resourcefulness and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. (Corporal Taliaferro is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: February 6, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company K

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War


Corporal William Patrick Taliaferro (AKA: Tallaferno) (MCSN: 2297283), United States Marine Corps, was held as a Prisoner of War in South Vietnam from February 6, 1968 until his successful escape from captivity on February 12, 1968.

Action Date: February 6, 1968 - February 12, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Division: Prisoner of War (South Vietnam)



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