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Col. Porcher Taylor, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel (Ret)
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Bread)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Do something good every day for somebody other than yourself. and AIRBORNE!

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1925
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel (Ret)
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Bread)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Do something good every day for somebody other than yourself. and AIRBORNE!

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1925
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

Retired colonel and education administrator Porcher L. Taylor was born on August 9, 1925 in Jacksonville, Florida to Porcher L., Sr. and Mary Bell Taylor. Taylor’s father was the founder, publisher, and editor of the Florida Tattler. The weekly newspaper ran from 1934 until his death in 1964. Taylor was hired by his father to work in the family business, Taylor and Son Printing Company, Inc. Taylor worked as a typesetter and a pressman until 1943, when he joined the U.S. Navy and spent three years on tour in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, he was able to enroll at Tuskegee Institute with support from the Army’s G.I. Bill.

In 1946, Taylor enlisted in the Tuskegee Institute Reserve Officer Training Corps – the precursor to the famed Tuskegee Airmen – and completed his training in 1949. Taylor also played varsity football for three years as first-string fullback and was selected as one of Tuskegee Institute’s All-Time Greatest Football Athletes in 1985. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Taylor was deployed to the Pacific Theater, where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1971, Taylor became the first African American promoted to full colonel at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Taylor is one of few living Americans who served the United States in three major wars – World War II, Koran War and Vietnam War – in both the U.S. Navy and Army. He served in the Navy for three years and the Army for twenty-five years.

In 1961, Taylor received his M.S. degree in counseling from Virginia State University (VSU), where he also served as president for student affairs and as director of counseling. He also served as professor of military science and tactics at VSU. He was then selected to enter a doctoral program at the University of South Carolina in 1968; and, in 1972 he became one of the first two African Americans to earn a Ph.D. degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Taylor has been recognized for his many contributions. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, an honor shared by former U.S. President Gerald Ford and astronaut Neil Armstrong. Taylor lives with his wife Ann in Petersburg, Virginia.

Porcher L. Taylor was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 12, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Porcher Taylor's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about growing up in Georgia, and his mother's education and faith
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Porcher Taylor talks about his father's newspaper, 'The Florida Tattler', pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Porcher Taylor talks about his father's newspaper, 'The Florida Tattler', pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Porcher Taylor talks about his paternal grandfather's entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Porcher Taylor talks about his paternal grandfather, Dennis Taylor's involvement in the Knights of Pythias and his move to Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor talks about segregation in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor discusses how his grandmother was deceived by her lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about his father's education at Tuskegee University in the George Washington Carver Class of 1922
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor talks about his parents attending church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Porcher Taylor describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Porcher Taylor talks about his sisters, Virginia Anita Williams and Betty Ruth Belton
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Porcher Taylor describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Porcher Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up during segregation in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Porcher Taylor talks about starting school in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Porcher Taylor talks about his experience in school in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor talks about his interest in sports while growing up, and his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor talks about his interest in reading, and black newspapers while he was growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about his father's printing business, and his father's death in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor talks about his favorite teachers in grade school and being a member of the Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Porcher Taylor talks about his experience in high school in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Porcher Taylor talks about his decision to join the U.S. Navy during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Porcher Taylor describes his decision to attend Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor describes his experience in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and 1944
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor talks about the segregated U.S. Navy during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about being assigned to the South Pacific Theatre in World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor talks about his experience aboard a U.S. Navy submarine chaser in World War II and the end of the war
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Porcher Taylor talks about his return to the U.S. from World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Porcher Taylor talks about race-related altercations in the U.S. military, and his experience after returning from World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Porcher Taylor talks about his discharge from his World War II assignment and the end of his career in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Porcher Taylor talks about his assignment as a guard for Japanese prisoners of war in World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor talks about attending Tuskegee University on the GI Bill
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor talks about playing football at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about meeting George Washington Carver at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor talks about meeting his first wife at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Porcher Taylor talks about majoring in commercial industries at Tuskegee University, and being called back into active duty during the Korean War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Porcher Taylor talks about segregation in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Porcher Taylor describes his experience in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Porcher Taylor describes his experience in the Korean War and in the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Porcher Taylor talks about the desegregation of the U.S. Army and the importance of ROTC programs in colleges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Porcher Taylor talks about his assignments at Schofield Barracks following his return from the Korean War in 1955
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Porcher Taylor talks about earning his master's degree in counselor education at Virginia State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Porcher Taylor talks about his career in education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Porcher Taylor talks about desegregation in Columbia, South Carolina, and the reaction at Fort Jackson to Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor talks about his mentor at Fort Jackson, and describes his decision to attend the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor talks about his experience at the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about his experience at Uiojongbu, Korea, and becoming a member of Lions Club International
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor talks about retiring from the U.S. Army and serving as the vice president for student affairs at Virginia State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Porcher Taylor talks about his service in the Organizational Effective Training Unit of the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Porcher Taylor talks about his service in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Porcher Taylor talks about his service in the Organizational Effective Training Unit of the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Porcher Taylor talks about his life after retirement and his awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Porcher Taylor reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Porcher Taylor reflects upon his life and career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Porcher Taylor talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Porcher Taylor shares how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Porcher Taylor talks about being elected as the military aide-de-camp by the governors of Virginia, and receiving the Noel F. Parrish Award
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Porcher Taylor describes his photographs