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Retired Green Beret shoots intruder, gets court martial

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  1. ilbob

    ilbob Senior Member

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    Retired Green Beret shoots intruder, gets court martial

    BREVARD, Jan. 19, 2008 – Retired Army Green Beret Smokey Taylor got his court martial this weekend and came away feeling good about it.
    Taylor, at age 80 the oldest member of Chapter XXXIII of the Special Forces Association, was on trial by his peers under the charge of “failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber” in the shooting of an intruder at his home in Knoxville, TN, in December.
    The entire affair, of course, was very much tongue in cheek. Taylor had been awakened in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2007, when an intruder broke into his home. He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in hand.
    When the intruder threatened him with a knife, Taylor warned him, then brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him right between the eyes.
    “That boy had the hardest head I’ve ever seen,” Taylor said after his trial. “The bullet bounced right off.”
    The impact knocked the would-be thief down momentarily. He crawled out of the room then got up and ran out the door and down the street. Knoxville police apprehended him a few blocks away and he now awaits trial in the Knox County jail.
    The charges against Taylor were considered to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
    “Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial,” said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of Asheville. “He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just wasn’t big enough to get the job done.”
    Taylor’s defense attorney, another retired Weapons Sergeant, disagreed. He said Taylor had done the right thing in choosing to arm himself with a .22.
    “If he’d used a .45 or something like that the round would have gone right through the perp, the wall, the neighbor’s wall and possibly injured some innocent child asleep in its bed,” he said. “I believe the evidence shows that Smokey Taylor exercised excellent judgment in his choice of weapons. He did nothing wrong, and clearly remains to this day an excellent weapons man.”
    Counsel for the defense then floated a theory as to why the bullet bounced off the perp’s forehead.
    “He was victimized by old ammunition,” he said, “just as he was in Korea and again in Vietnam, when his units were issued ammo left over from World War II.”
    Taylor said nothing in his own defense, choosing instead to allow his peers to debate the matter. After the trial he said the ammunition was indeed old and added the new information that the perp had soiled his pants as he crawled out of the house.
    “I would have had an even worse mess to clean up if it had gone through his forehead,” Taylor said. “It was good for both of us that it didn’t.”
    Following testimony from both sides, Taylor was acquitted of the charges and was given a round of applause.
    Meanwhile, back in Knox County, the word is out: Don’t go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.

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    Tribune Editor Bill Fishburne is a member of the Larry Thorne Chapter XXXIII of the Special Forces Association.
     
  2. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Senior Member

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    Hah! That's great. :D
     
  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Senior Member

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    You gotta love it! :D
     
  4. Mannix

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    LOL, that's gotta be the funniest thing I've read all week.
     
  5. Blakenzy

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    Is this for real?
     
  6. Myself

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    What a great sense of humor. Gotta love those special forces guys!
     
  7. crebralfix

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    Please post a link. That was great!
     
  8. rainbowbob

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    Great job by Mr Taylor. I do agree, however that he should think about a .38 loaded with JHPs.
     
  9. 41magsnub

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    please be true... please be true!
     
  10. hso

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    That's amusing. Odd, I live in Knoxville and didn't hear about this one.

    The grandfather that used a .38 to shoot a guy in the head as the BG was running towards his wife and her car I did hear about. Sounds like both seniors were good shots.
     
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  12. ilbob

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    It came via email to me. I did a google search and did not find a link to the story.

    I did find a reference to the good sgt at a SF site, but it said nothing about the incident. Only that the report that he had died in 2003 was untrue.

    I emailed the purported author and asked if it was true.
     
  13. TCB in TN

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    Don't live in Knoxville, but would be proud to call this gentleman a neighbor of mine! He can use any cal he decides to.
     
  14. Tommygunn

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    The "old ammo" argument was a bit hokey. I've shot old ammo which was as good as stuff bought fresh from the store.
    But otherwise, a great story.


    ... And any way ... his shot placement was straight on!!
     
  15. doc540

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    Now, that right there's funny. I don't care who you are.:D
     
  16. Glockamania®

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    Thumbs up for Smokey!
     
  17. ArfinGreebly

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    Here's Smokey

    Well, he's real enough.

    Can't find the story, although it has a ring of plausibility.

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    Another picture:
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  18. Lurp

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    :D That just brought a smile to my face. Whether it's true or not I enjoyed it. Thanks for the post.
     
  19. Bones11b

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    Trying to maintain composure while picturing this incident. It's not working LOL :what:
     
  20. BRASSM

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    Old Age, Experience, and Resolve will triumph over stupidity and evil.
     
  21. Grizfire

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    Well I'm not buying it, but I did like it. :D
     
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    Why do I suspect that a number of adult beverages were consumed during the course of the "Courts Martial"?
     
  23. clone

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    Just goes to show ya kids, it's not the caliber (or age of ammunition:uhoh:) thats key, it's shot placment that stops the threat. :)
     
  24. U.S.SFC_RET

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    We need to take up a collection of thanks and give it to this guy. He represents everything we stand for and then some. Reading this made my day.
     
  25. rrruuunnn

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    apparently, he still has good accuracy.
     

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