Fallen Soldier Honored, Buried In Stockton Taylor's Purple Heart, Bronze Star Awarded To Family POSTED: 6:01 pm PDT April 16, 2004 UPDATED: 6:16 pm PDT April 16, 2004 STOCKTON, Calif. -- The first U.S. military doctor to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War was buried in Stockton Friday with full military honors. Stockton native Lt. Col. Mark Taylor was a surgeon with the 82nd Airborne serving in Fallujah, Iraq. He was killed in Iraq last month during a rocket attack, according to military officials. "We came under rocket attack, and one of the rockets landed about 10 to15 feet away from where a large group of them were standing. Unfortunately, we weren't able to save him," said Army physician Lt. Col. George Bal. "He was a healer who brought good medicine to bad places. As long as there are wars and rumors of war, our nation will have heroes to stand in that gap, and to stop evil people from encroaching on our liberties and homes," said Chaplain Capt. Harold Cline. A Stockton church was filled to overflowing with soldiers, strangers, family and friends -- all sharing a common emotion of sadness for a fallen soldier. "Certainly, in this time, in this conflict, this escalated conflict, we need to show support for all those over there, men and women, defending the freedom," said Stockton Mayor Gary Podesto. Taylor's family was awarded his Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. At first, the family wanted to bury Taylor in Arlington National Cemetery, but decided instead to keep him closer to home.