Senator Rand Paul honors veteran with posthumous medal presentation

BOWLING GREEN Ky. – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul honored a deceased World War II veteran Monday by replacing long lost medals and presenting them to his surviving the family members.

Private First-Class Isaac Taylor’s daughter Major Syberia Taylor and other relatives including Chief Warrant Officer IV James Johnson, Ina Taylor and Natasha Swanigan accepted the medals. Paul shared his thoughts on what it meant to him to present the medals to the family.

“Well I could just imagine how they’ll be displayed at home, how important these were, and they represent serving in different ways. It’s an exciting part, and I’m glad to be part of it,” Paul said.

Isaac Taylor earned these medals while traveling and serving in New Guinea, the Northern Solomons, Luzon and the south Philippines. Syberia Taylor was excited to honor her father’s bravery for the country and his memory.

“As soon as I walked in, I got teary eyed seeing my dad’s pictures. He’s been passed away since 2007, so when I see photos of him, I get very teary-eyed,” Taylor said.

While Taylor wishes she had spent more time with her father while he was alive, she feels that her father is looking down on her this moment.

“Now that I’m older in life, I’m taking time for my family. I wish I would have done that when he was alive. I was so busy at work. with the military, I was mobilized…I was a workaholic. I know he’s looking down and we’ll share this memory especially. Senator Rand Paul doing this does mean a lot,” Taylor said.

Isaac Taylor’s medals included a Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star.