The Battle of the Philippine Sea: A Talk About the Turkey Shoot
Wednesday June 7, 2017
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Join Naval Intelligence Officer Paul Taylor (Ret.) for a discussion about one of the largest naval air conflicts in world history, the Second World War’s Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Providing a tense step-by-step timeline of the two-day battle, as well as its critical role in severely limiting the Japanese Navy’s power, Mr. Taylor will highlight the famous aerial portion of the conflict that came to be known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. His talk will also cover the particular aircraft and famous people involved in the struggle.
Refreshments will be served.
Bio: Paul A. Taylor graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Geological Engineering in 1959 and was accepted into Officers Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island. He later attended Naval Aviation Orientation School in Jacksonville, Florida, before entering Air Intelligence School in Virginia.
As an intelligence officer, Mr. Taylor qualified for flight status as a Naval Aviation Observer (NAO) and served as a tactical coordinator. During service in the Atlantic Fleet, his task group participated in several incidents including: the blockade of the Dominican Republic after the assassination of its dictator, Rafael Trujillo; the astronaut recoveries of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn; and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), and the Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) for service during the missile crisis.
Location: Whitehall Community Room
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