A Marine's Story: Private Goode Taurman

Private Goode Taurman was born in 1877 and raised in Gayton Virginia on a farm outside of town.

On November 17, 1898, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was assigned to Company D of the 1st Marine Batallion.

Private Taurman deployed aboard the USS Panther, landing in Guantanamo Bay Cuba on June 10, 1898.

During the initial attack on an enemy-occupied fort, Private Goode Taurmen toppled to his death from the sheer 30-foot cliffs surrounding the fort.

Initially interred at Camp McCalla in Cuba, in 1899 the Navy ordered all remains repatriated.  Private Goode Taurman rests in the family cemetery at the farm "Valhalla" in Gayton Virginia.