Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor

Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor (HM1D2G)

Location: San Angelo, TX 76908 Tom Green County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 25.683', W 100° 24.771'

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U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains

— September 1962 - August 1966 —

Chaplain Taylor was born in Henderson, Texas, in 1909. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 1933; a master of theology degree from Baylor University, in 1936; and a doctor of theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1939.

Entering military service in September 1940, Chaplain Taylor first served as Post Chaplain at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In May 1941, he was assigned as Regimental Chaplain of the 31st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Division. He was cited for bravery and awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action for his service in the Battle of Bataan. Chaplain Taylor became a prisoner of war following the surrender of American forces which were part of the infamous Bataan Death March. While imprisoned, Chaplain Taylor provided care and guidance to more than 10,000 patients in the prison camp hospital. He suffered many beatings and torture for his attempts to alleviate the suffering of other prisoners of war, including fourteen agonizing weeks in solitary confinement. Despite tremendous personal adversity, his courageous actions greatly contributed to reducing the death rate among patients. Chaplain Taylor survived the horrors of 42 months of Japanese prison camps, and went on to serve as a chaplain an additional 20 years, including his selection as the third USAF Chief of Chaplains. Chaplain Taylor's decorations and awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters.

This chapel is memorialized as the Taylor Chapel in recognition of Chaplain Taylor's selfless and faithful service to God and our nation, 24 February 2012.
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HM NumberHM1D2G
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Year Placed2012
Placed ByUnited States Air Force
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 3:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 365720 N 3477905
Decimal Degrees31.42805000, -100.41285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 25.683', W 100° 24.771'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 25' 40.98" N, 100° 24' 46.26" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8971 Ft Lancaster Ave, San Angelo TX 76908, US
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