Fred was born in Dorchester, Wise County, Virginia on 20 April 1925. Soon after his birth Fred’s family moved to Carter County, Tennessee before finally settling in Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee. He attended school at Austin Springs and Boones Creek High School. Fred left school before graduating and was employed by the Honeycrust Bakery in Johnson City when he enlisted in the United States Army on 9 July 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Fred was dispatched to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for Basic Training. After completing Boot Camp, he received further training at Fort George Meade, Maryland and Fort Knox, Kentucky before being assigned to Company B, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division.

Fred’s the son of Alfred Taylor and Nannie Pardue. Alfred served in the United States Army with Company H, 2nd Regiment Tennessee Infantry during the Spanish American War. Fred’s older brother Clarence Taylor served during World War II in the United States Army.

The Johnson City Press, 10 December 1944
The War Department has notified Mr. and Mrs. Alf Taylor of 2011 East Watauga avenue their son, Cpl. Fred Taylor, 19, was killed in action in France November 11. Corporal Taylor, former Johnson City bakery company employe, entered the Army July 30, 1943, and trained at Camp Shelby, Miss., Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Meade, Md., going overseas in April of this year. In civilian life he attended school at Austin Springs and Boones Creek. Surviving besides his parents are four brothers, Sgt. Clarence now serving in Italy, Robert of Virginia, and Everett and George, both of Johnson City; three sisters, Mrs. Alvin Harkelroad, Mr. Sam Wilcox and Miss Hazel Taylor, all of Johnson City, and two half-brothers, Ira Stone of Johnson City and Walter Stone of Welch, W.Va. Everett Taylor has received a medical discharge from the Army after serving overseas nine years.

  • Rank: Technician Fifth Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 20 April 1925
  • Date of death: 11 November 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Panel
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