From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edmund Taylor, Jr. '53

Date of birth: September 12, 1931

Date of death: May 8, 1972

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


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From Find A Grave:

Memorial services for Navy Capt. Edmund B. (Ted) Taylor Jr., chief of staff to Rear Adm. Rembrandt C. Robinson, were held Friday at Naval Air Station North Island Chapel.

Taylor is the nephew of Richard B. Taylor of 1602 Shawnee Rd. and the son of a Lima native, retired Vice Adm. and Mrs. E. B. Taylor of Virginia Beach, Va.

Capt. Taylor was aboard a helicopter which developed engine trouble and crashed as it attempted to land on the cruiser Providence in the Gulf of Tonkin. Adm. Robinson, commander of a cruiser-destroyer flotilla in Tonkin Gulf, was killed in the helicopter crash, and Taylor was at first listed as missing.

Taylor, 40, was commissioned as an ensign June, 1953, and was named chief of staff for Flotilla 11 on Jan. 28, 1972.

A resident of Coronado, Calif., he is survived by his wife, Joan, and four children.

(published in The Lima News, Monday, May 15, 1972)

From the July-August 1972 issue of Shipmate:

Capt. Edmund B. Taylor, Jr., USN, was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Tonkin on 8 May. The helicopter was attempting a night landing aboard the USS Providence.

Born in Baltimore, Md., he was a 1953 graduate of the Naval Academy. For two years after graduation he served in the USS Macon. Duty in the USS Beale as gunnery officer and later operations officer preceded his assignment as Aide and Flag Secretary to COMCRUDIV 2.

In December 1958 Capt. Taylor was ordered to the Naval Ordnance Missile Test Facility at White Sands, N. M. Two years later he joined the staff of ComOne as weapons officer. He transferred as weapons officer of the USS Luce at her commissioning in May 1961. In August 1962 he became XO, USS Sampson.

Capt. Taylor had duty in OpNav as Assistant to Head, Special Weapons Branch, Strategic Plans Division, beginning in November 1963. He next had instruction at the Naval War College. In March 1967 he assumed command of the USS Benjamin Stoddert. He had been Chief of Staff to COMCRUDESFLOT 11 since June 1969.

Surviving are his widow, Joan, 908 "J" Ave., Coronado, C A 92118; two sons, Stephen David and Edmund B. III; two daughters, Cynthia Reed and Leslie Valiant; and his parents, VAdm. Edmund B. Taylor, Sr., USN (Ret.) '25, and Mrs. Taylor. He is also survived by his widow's parents, BGen. Alfred R. Pefley, USMC (Ret.) '25, and Mrs. Pefley.

In addition to the admiral, Commander John M. Leaver, Jr. was also lost in the crash.

Edmund has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.


Ted's father graduated with the Class of 1925 and retired as Vice Admiral. He was awarded the Navy Cross for action in WWII.


From Wall of Faces:

My dad was a great Naval Officer. He loved what he was doing and very proud of it. I was 15 when our family learned of him missing. To this day, 29 years later, I think of him every day and miss him immensely. I wish he was here to see all the beautiful grandchildren that he has now. I love you dad, Ted EDMUND TAYLOR, III, TEDRO2@JUNO.COM, 11/8/01

My Captain when I served aboard USS Benjamin Stoddert, DDG-22. A strong leader and a mans man. M.K. HOFFMAN, 4/7/01

Bronze Star

Unable to find a citation or other reference, but Ted is pictured wearing the Bronze Star.


Ted is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As his loss was not due directly to hostile action, though, he does not appear in the Vietnam War section of the Killed In Action panel in Memorial Hall.

Missing Status

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lists Ted as "unaccounted for."

Class of 1953

Edmund is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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