39th Bomb Group (VH)



with 3

br_oak2.jpg [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]

Unit Citation
and Awards

arpuc.jpg [The Presidental Unit Citation]

Oak Leaf Cluster

Service Awards

apcm.jpg [The Asiatic-Pacfic Campaign Medal]


star1.gif [Bronze Star]

wwiivic.gif [The Victory Medal, World War II]

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S/Sgt Jerell L. Taylor
Right Gunner

Jerry Taylor on top of their B-29
Photo Courtesy of Charles Smith

Little is known regarding Jerry's earlier life, but the crew harbors many memories of him during his wartime years. It is remembered that he had a keen sense of humor and infectious smile and boundless enthusiasm.

Taylor was an excellent card player whether it be poker, blackjack or any other game involving cards. Seldom did he lose, but when he did I never exceeded ten dollars during a given a month. His secret - he would send home all of his monthly pay check and except for an insignificant gambling stake - $10.00. He would usually parlay this amount into a whole lot more. If, however, it didn't work out that way, he had only lost his initial $10.00 investment. It's safe to say that by the war's end he had accumulated a significant amount of money.

In recognition of his military service, Taylor was awarded the DFC and three Air Medals among other decorations.

Upon return to civilian life, he became a fireman in the Jacksonville Fire Department, eventually rising to the Lieutenant.

He and his wife, Lois have three children Janet, Joni and Jay.

Taylor and his family attended the crew's first reunion in 1965. Some years later the crew learned that Jerry and Lois had been divorced. Jerry remarried. His second wife's name was Pat. According to a 1984 crew roster, they lived at the time in Gainesville, Florida.

Jerry became very ill in his later years and was unable to leave his home. During this time, Lloyd Geringer kept in touch writing letters of inquiry.

Finally, son Jay responded that his dad has passed away. No further details are known.

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Source:Lloyd B. Volkmar, Crew 44 Historian for the book "History of the 39th Bomb Group" ; Photo: Charles A. Smith, Crew 44