Kenneth M. Taylor

Kenneth M. Taylor

World War Ii Pilot and Flying Ace
Born Dec 23, 1919

Kenneth Marlar Taylor was a new United States Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant pilot stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. Along with his fellow pilot and friend George Welch, they got airborne while under fire and Taylor shot down four Japanese dive bombers. Taylor was injured during the incident and received several awards for his efforts, including the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on December 23, 1919.


1938 18 Years Old Shortly after his birth in Enid, Oklahoma, Taylor's father, Joe M. Taylor, moved his family to Hominy, Oklahoma, where Taylor graduated high school in 1938. … Read More


He graduated from aviation training at Brooks Field near San Antonio, Texas on April 25, 1941, reaching the rank of second lieutenant and was assigned to class 41C. In June 1941, he was assigned to the 47th Pursuit Squadron at Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu, Hawaii, and began flying two weeks later. … Read More
1942 22 Years Old On May 9, 1942, Taylor married Flora Love Morrison of Hennessey, Oklahoma, whom he had met when she was visiting her father in Hawaii. … Read More
1943 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He was able to record two additional aerial kills: the first on January 27 and the other on December 7, 1943, two years after Pearl Harbor.


1967 47 Years Old After 27 years of active duty, he retired as a colonel in 1967, and soon started as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Alaska Air National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general in 1971. … Read More


1970 50 Years Old Taylor was a technical adviser for and was portrayed in the 1970 film Tora! … Read More


2006 86 Years Old 1 More Event
After contracting an illness from a hip surgery two years prior, Taylor died on November 25, 2006 of a strangulated hernia at an assisted living residence in Tucson, Arizona. … Read More
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