Freedom Fighters: Bud Taylor - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Freedom Fighters: Bud Taylor

By Joan Hallmark

Seventy-one years ago, a sneak attack on the American fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, plunged America into World War Two.

Bud Taylor, an eighteen year old gunners mate, was aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, December 7,1941. He was just finishing breakfast when all hell broke loose.

In less than two hours, 353 Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes wreaked havoc on the American fleet. The damage was devastating: 3,600 American casualties, and the loss, or severe damage, to 188 aircraft, eight battleships, three light cruisers, and four other vessels.

Although the Pennsylvania sustained two bomb hits, Taylor didn't know until after the attack that a case of "mistaken identity" may have saved his life.

As the "flagship" of the fleet, the Pennsylvania was a prime target of the Japanese. But its sister ship, the Arizona, was in its berth and since the ships looked much alike, the Arizona received the brunt of the attack. Eight bombs and one torpedo hit the Arizona. But it was the explosion of its magazine that dealt its death blow, engulfing it in flames, half sinking it, and taking much of its crew with it.

Most of those young sailors who survived at Pearl Harbor are gone now, the victims of old age instead of bombs.

Although Bud Taylor went on the fight in the Pacific and to bombard the French coast on D-Day, he will always remember the battle cry that carried American troops through World War Two to victory, "Remember Pearl Harbor".

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    18-wheeler, car wreck blocks Hwy 64 in Ben Wheeler

    18-wheeler, car wreck blocks Hwy 64 in Ben Wheeler

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:09 AM EST2017-11-22 14:09:07 GMT
    (Source: KLTV viewer)(Source: KLTV viewer)

    A wreck involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle is blocking a major East Texas highway Wednesday morning.

    More >>

    A wreck involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle is blocking a major East Texas highway Wednesday morning.

    More >>
  • Another team in Gilmer deserves attention, Union Hill is on a roll

    Another team in Gilmer deserves attention, Union Hill is on a roll

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:35 PM EST2017-11-22 03:35:41 GMT
    Union Hill captured its first undefeated regular season since 1982.Union Hill captured its first undefeated regular season since 1982.

    When the town of Gilmer is mentioned in relation to sports, the Buckeyes powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind. And that's fair considering they have won three state titles and racked up 13 double digit win seasons since 2000. But a small 1A school about nine miles away deserves some attention these days as well.

    More >>

    When the town of Gilmer is mentioned in relation to sports, the Buckeyes powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind. And that's fair considering they have won three state titles and racked up 13 double digit win seasons since 2000. But a small 1A school about nine miles away deserves some attention these days as well.

    More >>
  • Elkhart native Jeffrey Wilson out at least next two games, possibly done for year

    Elkhart native Jeffrey Wilson out at least next two games, possibly done for year

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:23 PM EST2017-11-22 03:23:47 GMT
    Wilson celebrates after scoring a touchdown.Wilson celebrates after scoring a touchdown.

    In other college football news, Elkhart native and North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson scored two touchdowns and had over 70 rushing yards in UNT's win over Army on Saturday. The East Texan's senior campaign though is likely over. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the victory and will not play against Rice or in next week's Conference USA championship game.

    More >>

    In other college football news, Elkhart native and North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson scored two touchdowns and had over 70 rushing yards in UNT's win over Army on Saturday. The East Texan's senior campaign though is likely over. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the victory and will not play against Rice or in next week's Conference USA championship game.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly