I have heard stories about Orin’s visit from several family members over the years and, no matter who was telling the story, it was always clear that everyone fell in love with him on that short visit. Even though the United States hadn’t yet entered World War II when Orin enlisted in the Army, I’ve often wondered if he made that trip because he had some premonition that he wouldn’t have another chance to meet them.
I don’t have Orin’s service record, so I can’t say where and how he spent most of his time in the Army. But by the time the 4th Ranger Battalion went ashore near Anzio, Italy on 22 January 1944, he was a 1st Lieutenant serving as commander of Company E.5
Nine days later, Lt. Orin Edward Taylor was killed in action. 6
He was 24 years old.
- Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Our Family History,” 1974–1978, Loyall, Harlan County, Kentucky; privately held by Faye Hopkins McCauley, Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, 1978. A fill-in-the-blanks family history book completed by Emma, in possession of her youngest daughter since her death in 1978. ↩
- 1920 U.S. census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 91, sheet 5A, dwelling 101, family 101, William Taylor; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 537. 1930 U.S. census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 8, sheet 1B, dwelling 27, family 31, William R. Taylor; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 707. ↩
- “U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938–1946,” images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jan 2009), Orin E. Taylor, citing World War II Army Enlistment Records (College Park, MD. : National Archives). ↩
- More about Bill’s story. ↩
- Robert W. Black, Rangers in World War II (New York, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992), 158. Also see the U. S. Army Center of Military History site’s Anzio 1944 page for more information about the Ranger’s operation at Anzio. ↩
- “U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939–1945”: images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jan 2009), Orin E. Taylor, citing United States Army Quartermaster General’s Office, Rooster of World War II Dead (Washington, D.C. : National Archives). ↩