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Taylor, Lawrence Eugene: US Navy Veteran Walks On

Ogden, Utah

Graveside services with military honors were held for LAWRENCE EUGENE TAYLOR, 84, on July 1, at Washington Heights Memorial Park, in Ogden. Lawrence was born March 8, 1927, ion the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. He passed away June 26, 2011, in Ogden.
   
Lawrence attended school on the reservation taking a brief detour to serve in the U.S. Navy during the last years of World War II. During that time his duty took him all across the Pacific Theater doing various jobs aboard ship and on the islands of the Pacific. He returned home after the war and returned to school, graduating in 1949. he worked as an auto mechanic, a heavy equipment operator and farm equipment operator until 1951 when he received a postcard from President Truman that said “Greetings and Salutations” calling him back to duty in the Navy to serve during the Korean Conflict. He served as a cook aboard the troop transport ship General Anderson, which transported troops from Japan to Korea to fight and returned the dead home for burial. He made 10 round trips to Japan during that time. Once released from the Navy, he returned to northern Idaho to hunt, fish and work for various farmers. Finding that farming was not for him, he joined the U.S. Air Force and trained in Illinois and Texas before being stationed in Louisiana. In 1967, he was sent to Vietnam and was there for a year before returning to the United States where he was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force in July 1973 with the rank of master sergeant. After retiring he relocated to Blackfoot, Idaho, where he was head of the hospital maintenance department. He went back to school and became a typewriter repairman. That new career took him to New Mexico, Nevada and finally back to Idaho where he retired in the 1980s. (Ta’c Tito’oqan News, July 2011)
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