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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free


James Taylor


Date and Place of Birth: 1913 Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Date and Place of Death: July 25, 1944 Tinian, Pacific Ocean
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Pitcher
Rank: First Lieutenant
Military Unit: United States Marines Corps
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

James E Taylor was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in 1913. He graduated from Jenkintown High School in 1932 and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Taylor pitched for the varsity team while at Dickinson and graduated in 1936.


He went to work for the Pennsylvania Company as a credit analyst and enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1942. Taylor was commissioned a lieutenant in September 1942.


First Lieutenant Taylor was sent to the Pacific in January 1944 and served in the Marshalls and on Saipan. He was leading his platoon on the landings at Tinian on July 23, 1944, when he was shot by a Japanese sniper. James Taylor died on board a hospital ship two days later, leaving a wife and four year-old son.


James Taylor was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart. He is buried at the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.


Some of the above information was obtained from the Dickinson College website.

Added October 22, 2006

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