Other Deaths Of Note


December 06, 2006


Decorated World War II pilot

Ken Taylor, a decorated World War II fighter pilot whose heroism was depicted in the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, died Nov. 25 in an assisted-living home in Tucson, Ariz.

Mr. Taylor earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He and fellow pilot George Welch were two of the first decorated heroes of the war.

The Oklahoma native was on his first assignment, at Wheeler Field near Honolulu, and awakened to the sounds of Japanese plane attacking.

Once they took to the sky, Mr. Taylor shot down two Japanese planes and Mr. Welch shot down four.

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