Taylor, Jesse Junior, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service Years
1942 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wichita, KS
Last Address
Los Alamitos, CA

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
D 356-E

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Last Known Activity

Repatriated: 12/21/1975 (Returned to US soil) 
Identified:          01/06/1976

Loss Coordinates: 203659N 1063958E (XH736804)
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H
Refno: 0193

Other Personnel in Incident: Roy H. Bowling (remains returned)

LCDR Bowling was flying a high speed, low-level retirement after attacking the target near the city of Hai Duong, Hai Hung Province, North Vietnam, when his wingman, flying immediately behind him, observed the starboard horizontal stabilizer fly off the aircraft, having been hit by enemy fire.
The aircraft then rolled to the right and flew into the ground.

A third pilot in the flight momentarily observed a deployed parachute at an altitude of about 100 feet. A fourth pilot in the flight flying past the parachute a few seconds later stated he saw the pilot hanging in the parachute appeared limp, and was not wearing his helmet. About a minute later, two airborne pilots observed a collapsed parachute on the ground in the vicinity of a well-populated area. One pilot saw what he described as "an inert form" under the collapsed parachute. The pilot stated that within three minutes time, the parachute had disappeared.

Two other officers from VA 163, Eric Shade and Jesse Taylor, went in to reconnoiter Bowling's position to see if there was a chance he could be extracted by helicopter. Both Shade's and Taylor's A1H aircraft were hit by enemy fire. Shade luckily made it out safely. Taylor's aircraft crashed. It was deemed that he was killed in the crash.

Intense enemy anti-aircraft fire in the area precluded a prolonged search effort and the search was terminated within 20 minutes of the initial incident. Bowling was not declared dead, however, but Prisoner of War. He was maintained in that status until the war ended.

Then in 1975, the Vietnamese, in a gesture of "good will" presented the remains of Jesse Taylor Jr. to the U.S. The U.S. gratefully accepted the "gift" of remains which should have been returned years before.

Then on March 18, 1977, the remains of Hap Bowling were given to a U.S. presidentially-appointed commission visiting Hanoi. Roy Bowling's remains were accepted without question.

Service number: 553662

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Jesse Junior Taylor (NSN: 0-553662), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in aerial flight as a Pilot in Attack Carrier Air Wing SIXTEEN (CVW-16), embarked in U.S.S. ORISKANY (CVA-34), during a rescue combat air patrol over hostile territory in North Vietnam on 17 November 1965. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by heavy enemy ground fire while he was attempting to locate a downed pilot, Lieutenant Commander Taylor persisted in his efforts until he had definitely ascertained the location of his fellow airman. He then proceeded to attack enemy gun sites which threatened the approach of the rescue helicopter. Only after his aircraft caught fire and a crash was imminent did Lieutenant Commander Taylor cease his efforts. With his aircraft burning and heavily damaged, he succeeded in reaching the coast of the Gulf of Tonkin in an attempt to ditch but did not survive the crash of his crippled aircraft. In sacrificing his life in an effort to save the life of a fellow airman, Lieutenant Commander Taylor displayed the highest degree of courage and self-sacrifice. His actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 17-Nov-65
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Regiment: Attack Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16)
Division: U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34)
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 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Hornet (CV-12)VB-11USS Intrepid (CV-11)
USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69)School Assignments - StaffNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVC-4
CNO - OPNAVNTPS - Navy Test Pilot SchoolVF-174 HellrazorsVA-163 Saints
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1944-1944, ARM-0000, USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81)
  1944-1945, ARM-0000, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1944-1946, ARM-0000, VB-11
  1945-1945, ARM-0000, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1945-1945, ARM-0000, USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69)
  1946-1950, Broken Service
  1950-1951, ARM-0000, Naval Air Reserve Unit (NARU)
  1951-1952, Naval Flight Training
  1953-1953, 131X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1953-1955, VC-4
  1955-1955, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1956-1956, 131X, Primary Flight Training, NAS Whiting Field, FL
  1957-1958, 131X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1958-1963, 131X, VF-174 Hellrazors
  1963-1965, 131X, Bureau of Naval Weapons Special Projects Office
  1963-1965, VA-163 Saints
  1965-1965, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1951-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Operation Rolling Thunder
  1965-1965 Operation Rolling Thunder/Operation Rolling Thunder II
 Colleges Attended 
Long Beach City CollegeNaval War College
  1947-1949, Long Beach City College
  1963-1963, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  CDR Taylor's ID card displayed in Hanoi1
  War and service memorials1
  Jul 01, 1956, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Aug 01, 1961, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Sep 01, 1965, Promoted to Commander
  Oct 06, 1965, A letter from my father (his son)
  Nov 17, 1965, Vietnam War Casualties
  Aug 07, 1966, Posthumous Navy Cross for Jesse J Taylor1
  Apr 23, 1975, 3 Missing Pilots Listed as Dead1
  Dec 21, 1975, Remains repatriated
  Jan 06, 1976, Remains identified
  Jun 14, 1976, NAS to Name Roads After Navy Aviators1
  Nov 05, 1983, USS Taylor (FFG-50) launched3
  Sep 23, 1993, Biographic Site Report for REFNO: 01931
  Jun 04, 2012, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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