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William E. Taylor

William E. Taylor

William E. TaylorAge: 94

Residence: Shawnee

Branch: U.S. Navy

Rank: AMS-2C [Aviation Metal Smith – Second Class]

Job duty: Aircraft maintenance, aerial gunner, radio operator

Years of service: 8

Highlight of an experience or memory from WWII: In August 1945 as an observer and gunner on a recon strike for Japanese kamikaze planes, being hit and surviving a shattered canopy.

Nice memory: Following a ceremony on my way to my plane, I gave my white cap to a boy who shouted, “Look mommy, a real Navy fighter.”