From a contemporary press report:
Cloyd Veron Taylor, 80, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and National Academy of Sciences security officer, died of congestive heart failure October 10, 1998 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia. He had lived in Arlington since 1959.
Colonel Taylor, a Texas native, was a graduate of what is now East Texas Baptist University. He entered the Army in June 1941, becoming an Army aviator and field artillery officer during World War II. He flew reconnaissance and artillery-spotting missions in the Mediterranean theater.
Stationed in Japan after the war, he flew similar missions in Korea during the Korean War. He later qualified as a helicopter pilot, worked on Army aviation equipment testing projects and was assigned for a time to the Federal Aviation Administration. After retiring from active duty in 1963, he held civilian posts until retiring from the National Academy of Sciences in the mid-1980s.
Colonel Taylor's military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He served as a deacon, elder and treasurer of the Arlington Church of Christ. He also had served as board president of its Rainbow Christian Services' Children's Home. He was a past president of the Arlington chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and had been a member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing in Arlington.
His wife of 48 years, the former Ruth Elizabeth Peterson, died in 1994. Survivors include a son, Dr. Cloyd Veron Taylor of Fairfax; two daughters, Dr. Mary Warmbrod of Winnipeg, Maitoba, and Cloydia Moore of Austin; a sister, Bobbie Ruth Glasser of Wilmington, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
TAYLOR, CLOYD V., SR., LTC, USA (Ret.)
On Saturday, October 10, 1998, at Commonwealth Care Center, CLOYD V. TAYLOR, SR., of Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of the late Ruth Taylor. Beloved father of Mary Warmbrod of Winnepeg, Canada, Cloydia Moore of Austin, Texas and Cloyd Taylor of Fairfax, VA. Brother of Bobbie Ruth Gasser of Wilmington, NC. He is also survived by four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Arlington Church of Christ, 40 N. Irving St., Arlington, VA. Interment to follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to Youth Ministry at Arlington Church of Christ, 40 N. Irving St., Arlington, VA 22201.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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