Captain COY OTIS TAYLOR,
Captain COY OTIS TAYLOR, US Army Air Forces. Husband of Mrs. Evelyn S. Taylor, and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Taylor. He was born January 5, 1920, and finished Byrd High School in 1938. Entering the Army Air Forces June 2, 1942, at the age of 22. He was sent to Keesler Field, Biloxi, Air Mechanics Training, next to Maxwell Field, Alabama, for cadet training and studied also at Union City, Tennessee, Malden Army Air Base, Missouri, and Seymour AAB, Indiana. He flew B-24 aircraft at Smyrna AA B, Tennessee, and at Army Air Fields in Austin, Texas, Fort Benning, Georgia, Grenada, Mississippi, Alliance, Nebraska, George Field at Lawrenceville, Illinois, and Bear Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He left for the Pacific Area April 7, 1945, and served as operations officer with the 54th Troop Carrier Wing of the Fifth Air Force at Biak, N. E. 1., Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines, Okinawa, and Japan. He served as intelligence officer with the 403rd Troop Carrier Group. Captain Taylor has the Asiatic Pacific Theater (PTO) Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Army of Occupation Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, and six bronze campaign stars.
1- THE FIGHTING MEN OF LOUISIANA – LOUISIANA HISTORICAL INSTITUTE – 1946