Taylor Morris and our Independence Day (12 HQ Photos)

A little over a month ago, we posted a story about Taylor Morris, the Navy EOD who lost all four of his limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan. Since that time, Taylor has come a long way. theCHIVERS united to raise over $250,000 for his dream cabin, he was sucessfully fitted for all four prosthesis, and he met the President.

Right now Taylor is headed to join President Obama on the White House lawn to watch the fireworks.

Today is the 4th of July. It's a great opportunity to raise a glass with friends, but above all, it's also a time to reflect on the sacrifice others have made to ensure our freedom.

One of Taylor's friends happens to be the talented photographer Tim Dodd. Tim traveled to Washington DC to take the inspiring photos you see below. There photos stand alone. This is the story of perseverance and the triumph of love in the hardest of circumstances.

Taylor's story has now inspired millions around the globe, and I have a feeling he's just clearing this throat. Thank you, Taylor and Danielle.

When you see a Military KCCO on the street or in a bar today, extend your hand, and say thanks. It means more to these men and women than you think.

On behalf of everybody here at theCHIVE,

Thank You.

Read Do You Know My Friend Taylor on Tim Dodd’s amazing website.

Say hello and thank you to Taylor on his website.

  • babyfartmagizax

    Now this is a gallery for July 4th! #1 #13 Taylor Morris, You're a champ!! Thank you for everything you have done.

    • Fta2r

      Hey Fart, ya got yer finger on 'Refresh'?Can ya feel a 'banner Hump Day comin???

      • Guest

        This is why we don't need Wars, and why we shouldn't stick our noses in other countries!

        • No one asked you

          War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

          John Stuart Mill

        • Will

          Americans once actually read and understood the Declaration of Independence for what it was: a declaration of secession from the British empire and a roadmap for opposing a highly centralized, militaristic empire of the sort the U.S. government has become.

          • Patton

            You Sir are unpatriotic.Shame on you.

            • Will

              If patriotism means worshiping the police state and its depredations among peaceful citizens then I guess I am unpatriotic. Who do you think real patriots like Jefferson would agree with? Someone opposed to an all powerful centralized state or someone who supports their government to whatever end?

              • Patton

                You sir have brought it to the wrong forum IMO,just sayin.

              • http://www.facebook.com/luke.talbot Luke Talbot

                Mate, sense the tone here. We're all up for a nice topical debate, but this is not the place to have it. Chose the gallery with the tanks.
                KCCO from a Brit

                • Bald Eagle Leg

                  "Truth(should) never bear the burden of censorship, practicality, or convenience".


                  • Will

                    Excellent post. Perhaps this isn't the best gallery to post these topics, but at least it gets people talking about real issues.

                • Hook

                  Agreed, not the gallery thats saluting an American war vet.

    • acupofjoe


      • BRapper

        Well that lady got a lot more coverage than Taylor did. She was on all the news channels and even talk shows. I haven't seen Taylor's story on tv. Take pride in what we did for him, and keep the donations coming.

    • acupofjoe


    • beanshaker

      west australian chiver raising a glass for taylor, and all those serving overseas. KCCO

    • Thanks Bro

      I was once a man, but now I can say, without any hesitation, that my vagina is huge. Taylor, you are literally a Hercules among men. God bless. Thank you for your service and Happy Independence Day.

    • Ward0922

      One thing to say. The word hero is all too overused in society today, so much so that the word has almost lost it's heft, it's meaning. Taylor Morris, you are a hero, in the truest sense of the word. You have earned that title. We are all blessed/lucky to know people like you exist.

  • Mike

    amazing. flat out amazing human being & American. Thank you.

    • Grant

      Now I'm even more proud to be an American

    • etcrr

      I was going to go into this big rant about how wrong you are but you aren't worth the gun powder to blow you to hell. Taylor Morris is a Hero's Hero One of the finest soldiers who ever lived. he saved his fellow soldiers and buddies from a similar fate. If your country killed stupid people for being a drain on society you would be dead

      • etcrr

        "One of the finest soldiers who ever lived"

        Because I know all the soldiers who ever lived and the ones who didn't live and the ones who died. and out of all the soldiers who ever lived and the ones who didn't live and the ones who died he is one of the finest soldiers who ever lived. If the country you live in smeared shit on the faces of people who were not good you have to wipe the bullshit off your face.

    • Catatafish

      you have no soul and how are you on the internet in north korea

    • flosen_one

      and what country do you talk about, the land of prehistoric???

      or did you mean country side, and with soldier you meant horse??

  • PontangPunisher

    true love for sure. good for both of them

  • HOOK

    We Salute you…

  • https://www.facebook.com/joshandjingle Josh Rider

    Thank you Taylor!
    Stay motivated!

    • DaddyD

      But Keep Calm!

  • Donald

    #4, #12

    Amazing photos, they capture the tender moments and this hero's resolve. Happy 4th of July and thanks to all our mean and women in the armed service. And especially to you, Taylor

    • http://www.facebook.com/mario.v.tellez Mario V Tellez

      people like him make me proud to say i am an american……loved to serve this country !!!!!!!

  • Windsor

    Cheers and happy 4th from Canadian chiver!

  • Ted


    Aaaand I'm bawling

    • LDaus

      You and me both Ted! Going to direct some of my prayers to Danielle today too… I wish I could give her a hug xxxx Aussie Chivette

    • Chivette11

      God I know. Me too.
      Ya know, I really think (of course if Taylor is up for it) Chive should throw one killer housewarming party once the cabin is built. Seriously, if anyone could pull it together it would be these guys. Biggest "meet up" ever out in a kick ass cabin?
      Of course it'll probably end up festival size… Have all proceeds go to the USO or something. =]

      • Ruck_Over

        I'd love to see this happen.

      • https://www.facebook.com/RedRockinMonkeyBoy Pete Miles

        I work at one of the local radio stations. I've already been up the ass of anyone who will listen, that when Taylor comes home to Iowa, we throw him a hero's welcome. In the last two years, Iowa has produced the 1st living MOH winner (Sal Gunta) since Vietnam. And now Taylor, is front and center. Nothing against any of the other states, or military, but we grow 'em strong in The Hawkeye State.

  • Josh

    Amazing story

  • Mr.T

    who is cuttting onions, damn it.

  • Max

    #11, #3

    It has been a privilege watching this website become what it has become.

  • https://www.facebook.com/michaelcolds Michael Olds

    Taylor, it's people like you that give this country hope. You're truly an amazing human being. Thank you for the inspiration. You give the word "impossible" a new meaning.

    • TheSimonizer

      Here's a quote I really like:

      Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live
      in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.
      Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.
      Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.
      Impossible is potential.
      Impossible is temporary.
      Impossible is nothing.

    • USuck

      What has he done that is impossible? Becoming a quad? Many sloppy soldiers have done it before where's their parade?

      • Awesome

        I'm not trying to sink to your level or take your bait, but I just have to explain that it is about HOW Taylor has handled this situation. I would not have been able to handle it with his class, integrity, will, optimism, and basic "I'm not a victim" mentality. I think most people feel this way as well. There are other injured vets that do not get the recognition they deserve, but to see one that truly deserves all the accolades hes is getting is heartwarming. That's how I feel, anyway.

      • Every American

        Fuck. You. I seriously hope you die in a fire. You're a bastard, and a fucking idiot. Go choke on a horse dick, asshole.

        • captain obvious

          a horse dick would be to good for him, I'm thinking a syphilitic queen hyena dick right before the rest of the pack rip him to shreds…

          • Robert Paulson

            The Six Stupidest Internet Reactions to shocking News Stories(by Cracked.com)

            #4. Self-Righteousness Bandwagons and Revenge Fantasies

            Sometimes there's a story about some person doing something absolutely unspeakable, like harming children or animals, or wearing socks with sandals. Most of us go, "This is awful! This person is a monster!"

            Only one person can post first, though, so once someone has said, "This is awful! This person is a monster!" I guess no one else can say it again, it's like wearing the same dress to a party as another guest. Even if you say, "This is terrible! This person is inhuman!" it just looks like a cheap knockoff, like you're barely worked up about the victim.

            No, to really prove you are a guy that disapproves of child molesters, you must up the ante.

            "I hope the guards look the other way in jail and this person is dismembered by the other inmates!" That's the kind of thing that shows that child molestation really upsets you and you are not a lukewarm sissypants who just calls him a "monster" and goes off about your daily business. Someone who would do that does not really care about crimes against children, like you do.

            Likewise, the next person can't just go, "Yeah, dismemberment, I'm good with that," lest they sound complacent. "No, that's too good for him!" they'll say. "I hope he's skinned alive and rolled around in some gravel and run over by a truck, and then they revive him with cutting edge medical advances so that he can have his intestines force fed to him after they are set on fire."

            I understand people have to express some kind of strong emotional response to horrible crimes, but I think there's a difference between your actual feelings and the feelings you come up with after you see where other people's feelings are setting the bar. If you're telling other people that their revenge fantasies aren't good enough and one-upping them with your own, you may have crossed that line.

            Sometimes the same thing happens without the violence, where people compete with each other to come up with the most derisive jokes. Like if there's a story about a stupid politician saying something stupid, people might just constantly one-up each other with generic "stupid" jokes, like, "He's so stupid it takes him an hour to make minute rice," or "He's so stupid he got run over by a parked car!" And while he is stupid, nobody ends up talking about the stupid thing he said, or what its effect is going to be, because they're too busy showing each other that they're much smarter than that stupid politician.

      • tom

        Your little title says it all, USUCK

    • klh

      More like give this world hope…

  • Gabe

    My heart is so full of hope and joy for Taylor. God bless you. Thank you for your service and know that you're a hero in my eyes.

  • BillSPreston

    Oh, man. I got something in my eye. 😥

    • http://www.facebook.com/trent.lorenz.5 Trent Lorenz

      He is truly a great person but I gotta say ur name rocks

    • BillSPreston's BF

      Sorry, I meant to aim for your mouth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.faynor Mark Faynor

    This Man is a true hero, Thank you Taylor and all the other true heroes out there

  • Andy

    That's it I'm making the 5 hour drive to Austin to meet the Chive guys. My wife can tell the in-laws whatever, I don't give a damn.

  • rrr

    More credit should be give to his (hot) wife/girlfriend. Imagine was her challenges are. Good on her… #10

    • Dylan

      Some of that $250K should go towards a ring.

    • AnyoneForCoffee

      They are truly an amazing couple. Equally courageous and determined.

      The caption for this photo could be "Hope for humanity."

      • janedoe

        Well said, sir.

      • Your Pimp

        Well said, bitch.

    • Hound

      Agreed! All the credit in the world to Taylor for surviving, his amazing recovery, and his indomitable spirit. But also a huge shout out to Danielle for staying by him. A lesser woman would have run for the hills rather than work through this with him. God bless them both.

      • 0331

        As a Marine that has served in Iraq, I can tell you Mrs. Morris is amazing. Some of my brothers have come home in varying physical degrees as Taylor. While they have to deal with their lack of limbs, many of their wives chose not too. There is no way to impress upon you the difficulties of returning from war. You can read books, you can watch movies, but you can not know what it is like unless you've been there. The spouse of our veterans has a very difficult job. They are our liaison back to reality. They are the ones who keep our minds from locking on to hell and never returning. God Bless you.

    • Cola Chiver

      MOAR of does titties!

    • freddy boy

      #10 Spot on. Serving overseas is hard when you're single but it's equally hard for the guys (and gals) who have someone waiting for them at home. This chick is amazing; would that she had lots of sisters.

    • SofaKingAwesome

      She's a true hero!

      • Satan's Boner

        she'll probably leave him soon!

        • ATouchofInsanity

          She is an amazing human being who is sticking by her man through sickness and in health. She's going to face challenges that none of us can imagine watching him go through this and the PTSD he's sure to have from this. Cheers to her for being a sweet, kind, supportive woman who isn't walking out on her man!

          And you're an over-developed cumstain…your parents really should have practiced safe sex

          • Pants Pudding

            Or unsafe sex with several chainsaws and a gatling gun. There's some faulty DNA going on right there.

  • Clutch101

    From a Canadian Chiver….. Hope all of you in the USA have a great day celebrating! KCCO

    • 3smash

      And from his Chivette also!

    • TigerLily2012

      Thank you!!

    • tom

      Thank you have a great Canada day when it comes around

      • Clutch101

        We will…. In 362 days, on July 1st. KCCO

        • Pants Pudding

          361 now. Oh, the anticipation!

  • uh...yeah.

    God bless America and Taylor Morris

  • Ryan

    MOAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This guy is awesome

  • Bowww

    Beautiful pics. Very inspiring. Keep fighting Taylor.

  • Steve Chi Town


  • Taylor for President

    Much respect to this true American hero, and respect to his girlfriend, too, for being there for him; that, without a doubt, is what 'love' means. Both of these young people demonstrate what it means to be 'American'. When life gives us a load of shit, we just smile and say "that all you got, pussy?"

    God damn onions. . .

  • DDD

    Total inspiration brother!!!!!!! KCCO………

  • Chachi

    He's a Steeler Fan!? I LOVE HIM EVEN MORE!!

    • Supernova

      Just what i thought!

    • john

      everyone has flaws

      • Ethix

        Like the rest of the AFC North. Not every team can have 6 Lombardi Trophies.

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