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.
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.
recognition of his military service, Taylor was awarded
the DFC and
three Air Medals
among other decorations.
return to civilian life, he became a fireman in the
Jacksonville Fire Department, eventually rising to the
and his wife, Lois have three children Janet, Joni and
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.
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.
son Jay responded that his dad has passed away. No further
details are known.