James Harold TAYLOR

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James Taylor as he appeared in his 1954 TVHS Yearbook photo.
Contributed by ray on 9/28/12 - Image Year: 1954

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James Taylor was the son of Harold Leon and Dorothy (Haines) Taylor. He was a 1954 graduate of Tuscarora Valley High School in Port Royal, PA. He was a Methodist Minister and chaplain in the military, having served in Vietnam. He was married to Nancy Ann Wert.

James Harold Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Taylor of Spruce Hill, was ordained a Deacon of the Methodist Church on Sunday, June 16, [1963] at an impressive Ordinance Service during the Central Pennsylvania Annual Conference held on the campus of Lycoming College and Pine Street Methodist Church, Williamsport. At the conclusion of the Conference, he was reappointed to serve as pastor of the Robertsdale Methodist Charge composed of these churches; Robertsdale, Wood, Broad Top City and Cook. (Port Royal Times 10 Jul 1963)


Chaplain (Captain) James H. Taylor, assistant staff chaplain at Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, Ariz., has been awarded the Bronze Star for service while in the Republic of Vietnam.

The award was made for the period Chaplain Taylor served as chaplain for the 20th Engineer Battalion, Vietnam. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Taylor, RD1, Port Royal.

Chaplain Taylor enrolled in the Army in May of 1954. After completing basic and advanced infantry training at Ft. Jackson, SC he reported to Ft. Campbell, KY., holding infantry and hand assignments with the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He then accompanied the 508th to Camp Chickamaugh, Japan where he served as chaplain's assistant.

From July 1956 to September 1958 he was stationed at Ft. Campbell. He was first assigned as chaplain's assistant with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division and then as chief clerk tot eh Division Chaplain's Office.

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Contributed by rkohler3 on 2/5/13 - Image Year: 1965
Captain James H. Taylor
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/28/12 - Image Year: 2012
Rev. James Taylor at the Port Royal Bicentennial Celebration, Sept. 28, 2012
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/29/12 - Image Year: 2012
BEARD CONTEST WINNERS: Some of the winners in the beard contest are, from left, Jim Regan, Bob Taylor and James Taylor. Also honored were Garth Brackbill, Bud Bryner and Den Foltz. (Photo by Buffie Boyer for the Lewistown Sentinel)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 10/28/12 - Image Year: 2012
James Harold "Jim" Taylor [Former United Methodist Pastor and Military Chaplain]. Photo taken after Community Worship Service and Veterans Salute on Sunday September 30, 2012 at end of Bicentennial Celebration in Juniata County Fairgrounds. (Photo submitted by Harold Hartman, Jr.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 10/2/14 - Image Year: 2014
TVHS CLASS 54-55 REUNION: (Sept 27, 2014 at Turbett Grange, Turbett Twp., Juniata Co., PA) Front row [left to right]: JoAnne Landis Heckert, Gretchen Burdge Arnold, Joanne Ulsh Allen, Joan Bardell Weiand, Kay Crimmel Leach, Beverly Ritzman Hood. Back row [left to right]: George Stake, Earl Kepner, Ruth Ditmer Kleckner, Harold Allen, Dorice McClure Pontius, James Taylor, Belva Naylor Fulton, Harold Book, Gayle Meloy Cisney, Stephen Schwarz. (Photo taken and submitted by Harold Hartman, Jr.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 10/31/22 - Image Year: 2022
TVHS CLASS 54-55 REUNION: (Sept 24, 2022 at Turbett Grange, Turbett Twp., Juniata Co., PA) [Seated: [left to right]]: Dorice McClure Pontius, Beverly Ritzman Hood, Joan Bardell Weiand, JoAnne Landis Heckert, Kay Crimmel Leach; [standing] Gayle Meloy Cisney, Joanne Ulsh Allen, Harold "Ed" Allen, George Stake, James Taylor. (All are members of Class of '54 except Gayle Cisney Class of '55)

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