Taylor, Walter, Jr., Capt

 Service Photo 
 Service Details
31 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
0202-Basic Intelligence Officer
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1945-1955, 0203, USMCR (Inactive)
Service Years
1942 - 1955
Foreign Languages
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Decommissioning Certificate
Officer_ Collar Insignia



 Last Photo 
 Personal Details 

23 kb

Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO2 Philip E. Montroy to remember Marine Capt Walter Taylor, Jr..

If you knew or served with this Marine and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Rockaway Beach, OR

Date of Passing
Apr 14, 1997
Location of Interment
Santa Fe National Cemetery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US European Command WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Following his WWII service in the OSS, Capt. Taylor moved to Santa Fe, NM, then to Mexico and then joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University where he developed the Department of Anthropolog in1958.  He also taught occasionally in Texas, Washington, Mexico City College and the La Escuela Nacional de Antropologia  e Historia in Mexico.  In addition, Dr. Taylor conducted archaelogical fieldwork in Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, Mexico and Spain.  He retired in 1974 and moved to Oregon.

Dr. Taylor published many papers on anthropology and archaeology.  His most important work, "A Study of Archeology", is now in it's seventh printing and will remain a monument to his life.

Capt. Taylor resigned from the USMCR in 1955 and was buried with full-military honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in 1997.  He will be remembered as one of the less than dozen Marines who were assigned to HQMC, detached to the OSS and served in the European Theatre of Operations during WWII.
Other Comments:
Prior to his enlisting in the USMC in 1942, Dr. Taylor had received his AB degree in Geology from Yale University in 1935.  This was followed by three years of field work in archaelogy working for first for the  the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. and then for the University of New Mexico field school in Chaco Canyon where he served as archaeoligical field foreman.

In 1938 he enrolled in the anthropology doctoral program at Harvard University.  In 1940 he undertook fieldwork in Coahuila, Mexico until 1942.
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar
Basic Parachutist
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)Pistol Expert

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
  1942, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SCMCB Quantico, VAHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)Prisoner of War
  1942-1942, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC
  1942-1943, 9901, MCB Quantico, VA
  1943-1944, 0201, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1944-1945, 0201, Prisoner of War - Germany
  1945-1955, 0203, USMCR (Inactive)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Colleges Attended
Yale UniversityHarvard University
  1931-1935, Yale University
  1938-1942, Harvard University
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011