James E. Taylor (1913-1944)

James E. Taylor  (1913-1944)

James Taylor was born in 1913 and graduated from high school in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in 1932. After four difficult academic years, he graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1936. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After college, he became a credit analyst with the Pennsylvania Company.

The big, red-headed Philadelphian enlisted in the Marine Corps as a private in June 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant that September. He went to the Pacific in January 1944 and served in the Marshalls and on Saipan. Taylor was leading his platoon on the landings against Tinian on July 23, 1944 when he was hit by a round from a Japanese sniper and died on board a hospital ship the following day. He was recommended for the Navy Cross. He left a wife and four year old son.

More information about other Dickinson war casualties can be found through the online project "In Remembrance" (see link for related entries below).

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