Phil S. Taylor was born 9 September 1920, the son of Charles Buss Taylor and Martha A Grindstaff.
Died of wounds 14 March 1945
Buried at Simmons Cemetery, Johnson City, TN
Technician Fifth Class
127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, Company K
The Johnson City Press-Chronicle, August 5, 1948
The body of Phil S. Taylor, son of Charles Taylor, Johnson City, route 5, who was killed March 14, 1945, during the invasion of Luzon Island, largest of the Philippine Island group, arrived yesterday morning from Atlanta. Young Taylor was born September 9, 1920, on route 2, city, and attended carter county public schools. He entered the armed forces September 2, 1942, at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. He underwent basic training at Camp Walters, Tex., with the 32nd Infantry machine gunners’group, and received advanced training in Australia. He participated in New Guinea and Leyte campaigns. A letter from young Taylor’s commanding officer, First Lieutenant Robert J. Stallman, commanding officer of Company “K”, 127th Infantry, related that: “Phil gave his life while actively engaged in combat against the enemy. On the afternoon of March 12, 1945, during a period when the Japs were attempting to infiltrate our perimeter of defense, Phil was seriously wounded in the left thigh by enemy gun fire. He was immediately evacuated to the rear when an emergency operation was performed. However, his wound was too great. Phil’s strength and will to live kept him alive until 4 o’clock in the afternoon of March 14. This was in the Corbollo Mountains on Luzon.” Burial was made with full military honors in the American Cemetery in the town of Santa Barbara, Luzon.
Survivors are his father; two brothers, Auburn and Joe Taylor, of city, route 5; and six sisters, Mrs. Charlie Ingram, Elizabethton, route 4; Mrs. Pauline Taylor, Elizabethton; Mrs. Grace Hiller, Roan Mountain; and Misses Peggy, Jean and Dean Taylor, of city, route 5.
- Rank: Technician Fifth Class
- Date of birth: 9 September 1920
- Date of death: 14 March 1945
- County: Carter
- Hometown: Johnson City
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Simmons Cemetery, Johnson City, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Bottom Panel
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