After excelling in sports and graduating high school in 2007, Taylor Morris joined the Navy with hopes of making it into Special Operations. Taylor ultimately found his passion as a Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Technician trained in high explosives as well as disposal of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. After completing rigorous training and additional education throughout the United States, Taylor was deployed on his first tour to Afghanistan in January of 2012 with the Army's Special Forces, tasked with protecting his team from all explosive impediments. He was set to return home in August of 2012.
On May 3, 2012, an IED detonated while Taylor was clearing a path into a building to provide his team cover from enemy fire during a mission in Kandahar. Taylor’s injuries were profound, but he stayed conscious—assessing and communicating the possibility of additional live explosive devices to his Team Leader and a combat medic as they cleared the area and attempted to reach him to render aid.
He sustained injuries to all four limbs, entailing loss of both legs above the knee, his left arm from the bicep down, and his right hand. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor as well as a Purple Heart.
After two years of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C, Taylor and his fiancé Danielle live in Cedar Falls, where Taylor is a full-time student at the University of Northern Iowa. They are looking forward to getting married, building their forever home, Taylor's graduation from the University of Northern Iowa with a business degree, Danielle's graduation from her Masters program, and building a new life together, different than previously planned, but exciting and passionate nonetheless.