Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Orin E. Taylor, Kansas, 1 Lt., 4 Ranger Inf Bn, World War II
November 13, 1919 - January 31, 1944
When Orin’s father, William Robert “Bill” Taylor, was a young child his parents divorced and his mother took him from Kentucky to Kansas to live when she moved there with her parents shortly after 1900. Bill had been told as a child that his father, John C. Taylor, died and did not learn that he was actually still living in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky until about 1930 when his mother was dying and told him the truth.
By the time Orin joined the army in 1941, Bill had traveled to Kentucky to visit his father, half-sisters and other relatives several times but Orin had never gone with him. For some reason, Orin decided to make the trip from Kansas to Kentucky before he reported for duty. He came alone and was welcomed by his grandfather and the rest of the family who all immediately fell in love with him. Sadly, it was their one and only chance to see him.
Orin with some of his Kentucky relatives during his visit.
[Headstone photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteers, Ed n Edna Lane.]