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Charles Minor Taylor ’25

Published in Oct. 9, 1996, issue

Charlie Taylor died May 1, 1996, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 1994.

He attended schools in Little Rock as well as the Hill School. At Princeton he was undergraduate head of the ROTC, on the polo team, and a member of Triangle and Campus clubs.

Following graduation he went into the real estate business in Little Rock. He spent his summers in Clairvoix, Mich., and had a lifelong interest in cruising the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. He also developed an interest in aviation, winning transcontinental races. He was president of aircraft manufacturing companies and flying service organizations. He was active in the organization of the Arkansas Natl. Guard air squadron. At the outbreak of WWII, he was called to Washington to the air-war planning section of Gen. Marshall's staff. He was transferred to London, where he was executive officer for operations on Jimmie Doolittle's 8th Air Army. He flew a B-15 in the first formation to cross the channel on D-Day. At the close of the war, he was involved in recovering American POWs in German prison camps. He retired as colonel with numerous decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Croix de Guerre, and campaign stars for Sicily, Normandy, and northern France.

He married Joan Richards in 1946. Their son, Charles, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1963. Joan died Mar. 18, 1996. He is survived by a daughter, Julie.

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