Biography of John H. Taylor
Sgt1/c, Co F, 506th Para Regt, 101st Abn Div, USA
My father-in-law, John H. Taylor, was in the 101st Airborne, 506th Parachute Regiment, F Company. He was a Staff Sgt., squad leader. He ended up the war as first sergeant. He still goes to the 101 reunions; in fact he went to the one in Omaha last weekend. Many in his outfit have since died, but there are still a few left. In 1995, he took my wife (his daughter) and our son, along with his son to Europe, and visited many of the places he served during the war. Three generations got to relive his experiences. He has an excellent memory and can still remember details. He showed them the field where he dropped on D-Day, and a house he in when he ran face to face with German soldiers. Luckily, some one was coming up from the basement and killed the Germans before they could do anything.
God must have sent angels to protect him, because he was never injured by opposing fire; his only injury came when he badly bruised his hip when he fell on an ammo pack when paratrooping into France on D-Day. He was one of only three in his platoon that never got wounded. When he returned in 1969 for their 25th anniversary, he found the wine barrell that he crawled into, to check out his hip. It was still in the same barn. He crawled into the barrell to keep from exposing his flashlight. While he was there, he also found the depression in the ground that had been his foxhole in Bastogne.
A neighbor across the street wrote a 100 page biography of his days in WWII, starting from his enlistment. It chronicles his life from stateside training, encampment in England, paratrooping into France on D-Day, through the "Highway to Hell" after paratrooping into Einhoven, Holland, trying to capture a bridgehead across the river. He was also one of the "Battlin Bastards of Bastogne" during the Battle of the Bulge. He ended the war in Bertchesgaden, where his outfit captured several rail cars of Hitler's and Goering's loot. He managed to get a few Nazi souveniers himself before he left.
We've still got many of the letters he sent home, as well as a silk scarf and French powder that he sent.
D-Day, 101st Airborne in C47, John H. Taylor, Sgt1/c, Co F, 506th Para Regt, 101st Abn Div, USA
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