Taylor Crew 1942–1946

As a Fletcher Class destroyer, USS Taylor (DD 468) was designed to operate with a complement of 329 officers and men. Most of them were not professional sailors, and all were young – some even younger than the required 17 years. They came from small towns and big cities all over the United States. They stood up for their country, and once they became Taylor Sailors, they stood up for their shipmates. Whether in the heat of battle at sea, or on a hard-earned liberty in a foreign port, there never was a truer band of brothers. Remarkably, for all her battle stars, Taylor never lost a man in combat.