In honor of Veterans Day, I am going to share with you some information about my father, Stewart V. Taylor, who was a pilot of B-17s during World War II. His service records show that he entered the Army on 25 Feb 1943 and was honorably discharged on 1 Jan 1946.
|Stewart V. Taylor|
His military record papers indicate that he had the following decorations and citations:
- European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Theater Campaign Ribbon
- World War II Victory Medal
- Air Medal
His battles and campaigns were in the Rhineland and Central Europe.
I am fortunate to have in my possession his air medal:
The paperwork inside the Air Medal box states, in part:
“8 March 1945
For meritorious achievement while participating in sustained bomber combat operations over Germany and German occupied countries. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by those Officers and Enlisted Men upon these occasions reflect great credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States
305th Bombardment Group (H)
STEWART V. TAYLOR, O-1178362, 2nd Lt. New Hartford, New York”
For more information about Air Medals see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Medal
My father is buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Clinton, Oneida County, New York. Rest in peace, Dad.