DAVID W. TAYLOR, JR., LCDR, USN

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David Taylor, Jr. '35

Date of birth: January 2, 1912

Date of death: May 16, 1944

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

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DAVID WOOSTER TAYLOR

San Francisco, California

"Woot" "Dave"

EVER since his arrival here, this native son has agitated to have the Academy moved to California's shores, the climate and a fair haired Navy Junior being responsible. Academics have been easy for Woot, his best grades often being made when he never cracked a book. Fencing has given him a long reach and an appetite for chow, but has not helped his dancing, which is terrible to behold. Woot is a great reader, especially of Wonder Stories and Weird Tales; and he takes great pleasure in arguing, as he can generally outshout his opponent. His unconscious grin and cherubic face have saved him from many a pap and successfully guarded a non-reg career.

Fencing 3, 2, 1, N. Class Football 4. Art Club 1. Log Staff 3, 2, 1. Ring Committee. 2 Stripes.

1935 Taylor LB.jpg

DAVID WOOSTER TAYLOR

San Francisco, California

"Woot" "Dave"

EVER since his arrival here, this native son has agitated to have the Academy moved to California's shores, the climate and a fair haired Navy Junior being responsible. Academics have been easy for Woot, his best grades often being made when he never cracked a book. Fencing has given him a long reach and an appetite for chow, but has not helped his dancing, which is terrible to behold. Woot is a great reader, especially of Wonder Stories and Weird Tales; and he takes great pleasure in arguing, as he can generally outshout his opponent. His unconscious grin and cherubic face have saved him from many a pap and successfully guarded a non-reg career.

Fencing 3, 2, 1, N. Class Football 4. Art Club 1. Log Staff 3, 2, 1. Ring Committee. 2 Stripes.

Loss

From New England Aviation History:

On May 16, 1944, Lt. Cmdr. David Wooster Taylor, 32, took off from Quonset Point Naval Air Station in a F6F-3 Hellcat (Bu. No. 41944) for a routine training mission. He was killed when his aircraft crashed and burned at the Sunset Valley Reservation in East Greenwich. The cause of the crash was not stated in newspapers.

Taylor was survived by his wife Virginia, and two young children, Jean, 4, and David, 3.

A housing development now stands on the site where this accident took place.

Lt. Cmdr. Taylor was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) for his part in an attack against enemy shipping off Bodo, Norway, on October 4, 1943.

Sources:
Woonsocket Call, “Lt. Cmdr. D. W. Taylor Killed In Plane Crash”, May 17, 1944, Pg. 1
North Kingstown, Rhode Island, death records

Other

In the April 1, 1941 Navy Directory he is listed as a LTjg with Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5 aboard USS Chester (CA 27)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander David W. Taylor, Jr., United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while leading his squadron from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4) against a well-defended merchant vessel during the attack on enemy shipping off Bodo, Norway, 4 October 1943. Lieutenant Commander Taylor scored three direct hits amidships and left the hostile vessel in flames. He pressed home this vigorous attack in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 326 (May 1944)
Action Date: October 4, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Ranger (CV-4)

Memorial Hall Error?

David's Distinguished Flying Cross states he is in the Naval Reserve. He is listed in Memorial Hall as USN.


Class of 1935

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