dad, Melvin E. Taylor was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama.
He joined the Navy in December 1943. As he was not
yet 18, his mother signed a release for him. He had
his physical at Fort McClellan in Alabama.
Next, he went to the U.S. Naval Training Station at† Great Lakes, Illinois.
He remembers it being very cold there.
He was transferred to the Philadelphia.
It was in dry dock in Malta for
the months of May through June of 1944. On August 6, 1944, they went to the boot of Italy for
the invasion of Southern France.
After that, they sailed
up and down the coast of France looking
for enemy ships and drawing their fire.
He was in charge of the
Eye division for the duration of his tour on the Philadelphia.† One of his good buddies was Don Gillis who
was from Pennsylvania.
He remembers staying at Donís home one night while
they were waiting for orders to leave.
He received an honorable
discharge in April 1946 and returned to Anniston where
he and my mother, Jewell Frances Miller were married
in June, 1946. They had 7 children and eventually moved
to Riverside California where
Dad still resides. Mom died April
Entered by Jeanne Taylor Wyatt