Mendon - Douglas Taylor, 94, of Mendon, was the husband of the late Arline Louise (Chace) Taylor for 61 plus years. Born in Milford on May 10, 1918, the son of the late Walter and Mary Ellen (Wood) Taylor. He was predeceased by three brothers, Wilfred, Joseph and Kenneth Taylor and two sisters, Mary Alice Taylor and Elsie Crooker. He is survived by one sister-in-law Lois J. Taylor and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also fortunate to have some wonderful neighbors and friends, all of whom he was truly grateful for their love and support. The family moved to Mendon in 1922 where Doug resided for the rest of his life, except for 4 ˝ years in the Military from February 1941 to July 1945. He attended Mendon Center School and graduated from Mendon High School in 1936 with a class of nine.
As a youth he worked on several local farms and the Mendon Highway Department during the depression. He also did a brief stint at the Draper Corporation. He then worked for several contractors and became a carpenter until he retired in 1983.
He served in the US Army during World War II; was inducted at Fort Devens, then went to Fort Bragg, NC for training in heavy artillery (36th Field Artillery), 155 mm guns nicknamed “Long Tom”. We sailed from New York in July of 1942 on the SS Argentina, landed in Scotland, then to England for further training. We left Liverpool England in December of 1942 on the HMS Otranto and landed in Oran, Algiers, No. Africa, proceeding to Tunisia and served with the British 1st and American 5th Armies. After the German surrender in No. Africa, we proceeded to Sicily with the US 7th Army under General Patton. With the victory in Sicily, we proceeded to Italy, landing in Salerno with US 5th Army proceeded up the “boot” to capture Naples, then to Rome via the Anzio Beachhead where we landed on D-Day and spent the next five months.
After the fall of Rome, we were pulled out of the line and sent to invade Southern France with the US 7th Army via Naples and the Cote d’Azur on the Liberty Ship Wm. Blount.
After landing in Southern France, we supported the French Army in the capture of Toulon and Marseille. We rejoined the US 7th Army and proceeded up the Rhone Valley supporting various US Infantry and Armored Divisions along the way into Germany and Austria. With the surrender of Germany in May of 1945, we served in the Army of Occupation.
Doug returned to the US by C54 airplane via Austria, France, the Azores, Newfoundland, Delaware and Fort Devens, MA where he was discharged on July 29, 1945 with the rank of Staff Sargeant and awarded the Bronze Star, May 24, 1945. He served for 4 ˝ years, three years overseas with 731 combat days. He returned home to Blackstone Street, Mendon, MA. He married Arline Louise Chace, daughter of Myron and Nancy Chace on October 12, 1945. He built his own home at 18 George Street and resided there since December 1948.
He was a charter member of the Roger L. Wood Post #355 American Legion in Mendon since 1946, Finance Officer for more than sixty years. He was a founding member of Mendham Brothers of the Brush Association since 1966, was a member of the Mendon Anniversary Committee’s 300th and 325th, and the Mendon Festival Committee. He served as Trustee of the Swan Dale Cemetery and Custodian of the Soldiers and Sailors Graves for the Town of Mendon since 1980.
Funeral services, with Full Military Honors, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 11 AM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, 42 Congress St., Milford, preceded by a visiting hour from 10-11 AM.
Burial will follow in Swan Dale Cemetery, Hartford Ave. East., Mendon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Roger L. Wood, Post 355, American Legion, P.O. Box 40213, Milford St., Mendon, MA 01756 or a charity of one’s choice.