Kenneth M. Taylor
World War II pilot and flying Ace
Kenneth M. Taylor
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.
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New models for primary care key in doctor shortage - Plain Dealer
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Kenneth Taylor, an associate minister at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, was one of those patients who ignored his diabetes, missed doctor appointments and frequently ended up in the emergency department at MetroHealth. Then Taylor joined Partners in
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Eugene R. Taylor, 94, Bethany, MO - KQ2 | StJoeChannel
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During their stay in South Carolina, two sons were born: Eugene R. Taylor Jr. and Kenneth Taylor. In 1956, Gene and Maurine established Taylor Plumbing and Heating and operated the business until the 1970's when Kenneth and Linda Taylor assumed
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In Charlotte, a rock and roll moment - Charlotte Observer
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NC state geologist Kenneth Taylor said at its epicenter in Virginia, ground motion from a 5.8 earthquake on the Richter scale is on the threshold of causing architectural damage. "Here you'd just expect a dish-rattler," Taylor said
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Commission Denies Application For A New Window On Beacon Street - Patch.com
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The commissioners — John Cunningham, Leslie Donovan, Kenneth Taylor and Annlinnea Terranova — agreed that the precedent that would be set by approving William Leatherman's application could eventually conflict with maintaining the neighborhood's
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Veterans in The Villages reflect on significance of Victory in Japan Day - Villages Daily Sun
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THE VILLAGES — The news that came on 1st Lt. Kenneth Taylor's 22nd birthday was unexpected. Stationed in Guam with the 20th Air Force 29th Bomb Group, the Village of Sabal Chase resident had just sat down to write a letter to his parents when he heard
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'Schellebelle 1919' flirt met 15.000 bezoekers - Het Nieuwsblad
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'Sinds de première op 27 juli, zijn er al een kleine 15.000 mensen naar de film gaan kijken', zegt Kenneth Taylor, regisseur van de film en burgemeester van Schellebellywood. 'Doordat 1919 in maximum 11 zalen te zien was, is dat een ongelooflijk succes
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Idaho Falls City Budget Fiscally Sound - KPVI-TV
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"We felt in these recessionary times, it was important to not increase taxes on Idaho Falls citizens," City Council member Kenneth Taylor. So city leaders say they didn't and have a balanced budget of over $178000000 strategically spread out into
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Plainview holds third reunion - Hartselle Enquirer
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Call Hoyt Cheatham 256-565-1539, Levada Lemmond Knox- 256-773-5126, Dianna Atkins Gurley-256-778-8432 or Kenneth Taylor-256-773-4276 if you have comments or you would like to serve on the committee for the fourth Plainview School-Wide Reunion
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Schellebelle wordt Schellebellywood - Het Nieuwsblad
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Marnix Bontinck overhandigde de Kinepolis-ster gisteren aan burgemeester Kenneth Taylor. Hij vroeg hem om de ster ergens op een mooi plekje in het sociaal huis te hangen 'en niet ergens vanachter op een bureau.' Er was nog meer, want zolang de film in
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Solar farm planned on Ewa Field's runways - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Second Lts. George Welch and Kenneth Taylor took off from Haleiwa Field in P-40 fighters, and each shot down Japanese planes over the Marine Corps airfield. The Navy previously said four to five acres at the center of the old runways were eligible for
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Macon Advance Voting Ends Today - 13WMAZ
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"I don't miss a vote," says Kenneth Taylor, as he fills out his ballot. He says waiting in a ten minute line Friday beats longer delays come election day. "The last time, they were lined up all the way up the little sidewalk," says Johnson
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Sign of the times - Northside Sun
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Kenneth Taylor, deputy director of code services in Jackson, said the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintains some streets in the city - but political signs are not allowed in the right of way, whether it's maintained by the city or
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Plainview School Reunion set for July 23 - Hartselle Enquirer
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They are, from left, (front) Doris Anders Jernigan, Levada Lemmond Knox, Nancy Drake Busby, (back) Hoyt Cheatham, Dianna Atkins Gurley, Kennith Vinzant and Kenneth Taylor. The reunion is scheduled for July 23 at the First United Methodist Church in
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Madras Farmers Take Action Against Wildfire - KTVZ
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"It was hitting the sagebrush, and when it hit that juniper, it just really went up in the air," said Kenneth Taylor, who lives near where the fire started. The only residents who weren't concerned with the fast moving flames were one of the resident's
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Assemblyman Jim Nielsen honors 3 Shasta residents - AndersonValleyPost.com
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Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) recently honored Shawn Bainbridge, Scott Grant and Kenneth Taylor as the 2011 Veterans of the Year for the 2nd Assembly District during a special lunch at the State Capitol. All three honorees are currently serving as
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Missouri AG Fields Complaints About Timing of Gas Spike - OzarksFirst.com
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Kenneth Taylor commutes from Buffalo to Springfield. His drive is getting a little harder. "I come to work in the morning and it was $3.14," he says. "By noon it was $3.34. Stopped me from filling up for awhile." He's filing a complaint with the
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83RD ANNUAL WASHITA VALLEY GOLF TOURNAMENT - Chickasha Express Star
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John Waganer, John Rogstad, Terry Wilson, Chelsea Ricks, Matt McNabb, Ron harris, Jerry Don Bray, Jack Tully, Jay Dungan, Larry Ventris, Don Crumb, Ken McNabb, George Leflet, Jamie Remington, Kenneth Taylor. Kyle Mottinger, Paul Thomson, Jimmy Wilson,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kenneth M. Taylor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 86
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His son stated that he wanted "to be remembered mostly as a good father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was very loyal and dutiful, and to him that was more important than what he did in the war." He was cremated and later buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in June 2007 with full military honors. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens gave a eulogy at the United States Senate prior to the service at Arlington.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 50
    Taylor was a technical adviser for and was portrayed in the 1970 film Tora!
    More Details Hide Details Tora! Tora! by Carl Reindel. The 2001 film Pearl Harbor featured a sequence in which the characters portrayed by Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett took to the skies to fight the Japanese. This sequence is understood to be a fill-in for Taylor's and Welch's roles, but the characters do not bear any other similarities to Taylor and Welch. Unlike Tora! Tora! Tora!, Taylor was not consulted for the Pearl Harbor film, and later called the adaptation " a piece of trash over-sensationalized and distorted."
  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor then worked in the insurance industry in Alaska until 1985.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1943
    Age 23
    At Guadalcanal, he was injured during an air raid and was sent back to the United States in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details In the U.S., he trained pilots in preparation of combat in Europe and was then assigned to the 12th Pursuit Squadron. At the end of World War II, Taylor had reached the rank of major and went to the Philippines to command a squadron that used the first United States Air Force combat jets, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. Afterwards, he commanded the 4961st Special Weapons Test Group, became a tactical evaluator at the USAF Inspector General's office, and worked in The Pentagon. He was also the Deputy Chief of Staff and Plans for the Alaskan Air Command and was a long-range planner on the Joint Staff.
    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.
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  • 1942
    Age 22
    On May 9, 1942, Taylor married Flora Love Morrison of Hennessey, Oklahoma, whom he had met when she was visiting her father in Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details Married for 64 years, the Taylors had two children (daughter Tina and son Ken II), three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. While he lived in Anchorage, Taylor would vacation in Hawaii each year. Taylor's son later retired as a brigadier general commanding the Alaska Air National Guard, the same position formerly held by his father. At a 50th anniversary symposium of the Pearl Harbor attack, Taylor met with a Japanese pilot who was part of the first wave of bombers to attack Pearl Harbor. The pilot reflected on Taylor's efforts, "I was impressed by Mr. Taylor's grit to storm into the pack of Japanese fighters", and Taylor also told a reporter "I have no hatred against Japanese people, but I do against those who started the war."
  • 1941
    Age 21
    Officially however, Taylor is still only credited with two aerial victories on December 7, 1941 and one on January 27, 1943.
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    For their action on December 7, the U.S. War Department in Communiqué No. 19 on December 13, 1941, designated Taylor and Welch as the first two American heroes of World War II, and awarded both the Distinguished Service Cross on January 8, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor learned that he was to receive the award in mid-December after reading several newspapers. The award is the United States Army's second highest honor for valor in the heat of combat. Additionally, he later received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, and a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained. Both men were recommended for the Medal of Honor, but were turned down because they had taken off without orders. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Taylor was assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, and went to the South Pacific at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.
    Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Taylor spent the night before playing poker and dancing at the officers' club at Wheeler with fellow pilot George Welch, and did not go to sleep until 6:30 a.m. local time.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor and Welch awoke less than an hour and a half later at 7:55 a.m. to the sounds of low-flying planes, machine-gun fire, and explosions. Lt. Taylor quickly put on his tuxedo pants from the night before and called Haleiwa Auxiliary Air Field, where eighteen P-40B fighters were located. Without orders, he told the ground crews to get two P-40s armed and ready for takeoff. The new Buick he drove was strafed by Japanese aircraft as the two pilots sped the to Haleiwa; Taylor at times reached speeds of. At the airstrip, they climbed into their Curtiss P-40B Warhawk fighters, which were fueled but armed with only .30 cal Browning ammunition. After they took off, they headed towards Barber's Point at the southwest tip of Oahu, and initially saw an unarmed group of American B-17 Flying Fortress bombers arriving from the mainland United States. They soon arrived at Ewa Mooring Mast Field, which was being strafed by at least 12 Aichi D3A "Val" dive bombers of the second Japanese attack wave after expending their bomb ordnance at Pearl Harbor. Although the two pilots were outnumbered six-to-one, they immediately began firing on the dive bombers. Taylor shot down two dive bombers and was able to damage another (the third damaged aircraft was considered Taylor's first probable kill). When both pilots ran out of ammunition, they headed for Wheeler Field to get additional .50 cal ammunition, since Haleiwa did not carry any.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although the 47th had several types of aircraft - some obsolete - he began his training in the advanced Curtiss P-40B Warhawk fighter. Taylor accumulated more than 430 flight hours of training before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1938
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He entered the University of Oklahoma as a pre-law student in the same year and joined the Army Air Corps two years later.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on December 23, 1919.
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